Colorado Democrat: Fear of Trump, desire for power 'overriding' patriotism in some Republicans

Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowHillicon Valley — Facebook shutters its facial recognition system House passes bills to shore up small business cybersecurity The United States must lead the way on artificial intelligence standards MORE (D-Colo.) on Sunday said Republicans' fear of former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE and their desire for power are "overriding" their patriotism "to do what's necessary for the good of the country."

When asked by host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddHealth officials warn against jumping to conclusions on omicron Cohen says Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case Cohen says Trump will lose if he runs in 2024 MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if bipartisanship is “dead on any issue” after Congress could not agree to an independent commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Crow said it is “depressing” that some Republicans will not “do what’s necessary for the good of the country” because of the influence of fear and power.

"You know, I am an optimist by nature," Crow said. "But that's being strained right now because, you know, the impact of fear, the fear of Donald Trump, and the impact of power, the desire for power, by certain elements in the GOP is overriding, you know, that patriotism, that desire to do what's necessary for the good of the country, and it's, frankly, very depressing," Crow said.

Crow highlighted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members MORE's (R-Calif.) contrasting comments regarding Trump’s role in the insurrection.

“I remember, actually, very specifically, hours after we had retaken the Capitol and gone in and recertified the election, Kevin McCarthy gets up on the House floor, and we were all sitting there on the House floor. There was still the smell of tear gas and broken glass all over, and he gave this speech about how people held the breach against the mob and made sure that the House chamber hadn't been taken. He actually called me out by name and several other members,” Crow said.

“Then you fast-forward a couple of months, and it really wasn't a big deal. It's all about politics,” he added.

A week after the insurrection, McCarthy said Trump was responsible for the attack. Weeks later, however, he reversed course, saying the former president did not “provoke” the riot.

Senate Republicans on Friday blocked legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol in a 54-35 vote.

Only six GOP senators joined Democrats in supporting the legislation: Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (Alaska), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP anger with Fauci rises No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE (Utah), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Real relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE (Maine), Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist Legislators look to expand health care access through telehealth, biosimilars Infrastructure deal is proof that Congress can still do good, bipartisan work MORE (La.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Senate race in Ohio poses crucial test for Democrats Ohio Senate candidate unveils ad comparing Biden to Carter MORE (Ohio) and Ben SasseBen SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay CBO releases cost estimate of Biden plan Real conservatives must make a choice MORE (Neb.).

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) missed the vote because of a family commitment, but a spokesperson from his office said he would have supported the legislation “with the expectation that the Senate would consider and Sen. Toomey would have supported” GOP amendments.

Even with Toomey, however, the bill did not have the support of the 10 GOP senators needed to advance.