A Republican from Kentucky urged party leaders to stop targeting members for holding divergent views.

Sen. Mitch McConnell joined colleagues in denouncing the Republican National Committee (RNC) for censuring Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and fellow Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) The pair were widely criticized for helping House Democrats blame former President Donald Trump for the 2020 Capitol riots.

The senator described hundreds of extremists smashing windows, vandalizing public property, and seizing offices as a savage uprising. He also suggested that calling the siege a public disturbance was politically correct.

“We all were here, we saw what happened, it was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election from one administration to the next–that is what it was,” he said in a video shared on YouTube.

McConnell stressed that the RNC is not responsible for “picking and choosing” loyal members.

“Traditionally, the view of national party committees is we support all members of our party regardless of their positions on some issues,” he said.

“The issue is whether the RNC should be singling out members of our party who have different views of the majority—that is not the job of the RNC,” he added.

The remarks came after Kinzinger openly admitted he is no fan of the former president and accused fellow party members of pledging “allegiance to one man over any kind of principle.”

“Conservatism is no longer about what you actually believe; it is about how intensely you are loyal to Donald Trump,” he previously said. “[The GOP] is not committed to the rule of law despite what they say, and it is not committed to democratic principles.”

The RNC’s latest resolution censures Kinzinger and Cheney for the alleged “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.” It also compares the Capitol rioters to victims of state oppression.

Sign up to receive our latest news!

By submitting this form, I agree to the terms.