Comments by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) during a House Oversight Committee marked the latest attempt by some Republicans to whitewash and gaslight the reality of what happened during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The Georgia Republican claimed during the hearing that the House floor was not breached and that the supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol behaved “in an orderly fashion” when there is literally video evidence of the opposite happening.
“As one of the members who stayed in the Capitol, and on the House floor, who with other Republican colleagues helped barricade the door until almost 3 p.m. from the mob who tried to enter, I can tell you the House floor was never breached and it was not an insurrection. This is the truth,” Clyde falsely said.
“If you didn’t know that TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” Clyde said.
CNN’s Daniella Diaz confronted Clyde about his outrageous claims, who claimed his remarks were taken out of context, when, in fact, they were not.
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We asked GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde to explain his comments during a hearing yesterday when he said the Capitol insurrection looked like a “normal tourist visit.”
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) May 13, 2021
Here is the rest of what Clyde said, just so he can’t claim that he was taken out of context.
“There was an undisciplined mob. There were some rioters and some who committed acts of vandalism,” he said on Wednesday. “But let me be clear, there was no insurrection and to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bald-faced lie. Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol, and walk through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures, you know.”
There was an insurrection on Jan. 6 that left over 140 police officers injured. And Trump supporters were armed with with stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats and flagpoles wielded as clubs. A suspect allegedly planted pipe bombs by the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties the night before the riot. So, I don’t know where Mr. Clyde goes on vacation, but when tourists visit the Capitol, they don’t beat the shit out of the police.
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