California Rep. Sara Jacobs is now calling for a “Truth Commission” to push a common narrative about politics and race in the United States.
While it has become a complete cliché to cite Orwell these days — the Ministry of Truth references are impossible to avoid here.
US representative wants to establish a “truth commission” to create a “common narrative.” We all know what this means. pic.twitter.com/mo9M7dXP6D
— Danielle D’Souza Gill (@danielledsouzag) February 15, 2021
During an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Rep. Jacobs was asked about her previous calls for a “Truth Commission” and what that meant.
“Lots of countries, lots of places have ideologies that are extreme, people who have ideologies that are extreme have conflict, have disagreements within their community,” Jacobs explained. “But there are only some areas where that actually turns into violence, and that’s the role of conflict entrepreneurs — or in other words, leaders.”
“Do you think the House and Senate leadership have the stomach for that?” Stelter asked.
“I think so. Look, we all were victims of this attack in addition to being the lawmakers of this country,” Jacobs said. “This is very personal … I think there are a lot of us who know that this impeachment trial was just the start of holding Donald Trump accountable.”
The 32-year-old representative said that leaders could use “the enabling environment of our media ecosystem” to establish a narrative.
“In the case of the United States, it’s about a ‘whitelash,’ a white Christian America reaction, backlash, to a changing, country personified by Trump,” Stelter said.
“Part of what we’re seeing now is because we haven’t really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past that we need to do,” Jacobs said. “A truth commission, a lot of people will think of South Africa … It’s communities all the way up to the national level having conversations about both the gory and the glory of our history and what happened, both throughout the history of our country and leading up to and on January 6, so that we can come to a common narrative, moving forward, of what we want our country to be.”