Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde is receiving quite a backlash after saying that the deadly January 6 insurrection is a “bald-faced lie” and compared the rioters to tourists. The Georgia Republican claimed during a House Oversight Committee 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.” Republicans have been shamelessly downplaying the insurrection and want us not to believe what we saw with our own eyes.
And now, there is a photo circulating that shows Clyde helping others to push furniture against the doors of the House chamber. Most of us don’t need to barricade ourselves from “tourists.”
The Rep. Clyde news reminded me of this:
UNITED STATES – JANUARY 6: Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., second from top left, helps barricade the House chamber door as rioters disrupt the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021. pic.twitter.com/ewizgiuwLn
— Tom Williams (@pennstatetom) May 15, 2021
The Georgia Republican is, of course, the one not wearing a protective face mask.
In case people have a difficult time picking him out, or in case he can’t find himself either, I went ahead and highlighted him. pic.twitter.com/LXsFrVe8x4
— JJ Hershey (@hershey_jj) May 15, 2021
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Twitter users were quick to weigh in.
Why the need to barricade from tourists? pic.twitter.com/kQXfrRODMp
— #HereRightMatters #MeidasMatters (@VoteBlue4Us) May 15, 2021
Do Georgians always barricade doors against normal, everyday tourists?
— ChicaLoca (@HaschVivian) May 15, 2021
Yet he was willing to blatantly lie to minimize an insurrection. https://t.co/hjs994yOvU
— Respectful Dialogue (@timeindawater1) May 15, 2021
Or this. That noose looks touristy. pic.twitter.com/qWY47yEyNV
— Democracy 4 All 😷💛 (@goodbye56789) May 15, 2021
Yes. That’s part of the welcome to DC tourists package you get at your hotel. Plus a small guillotine, Mace, Plastic hand ties and a bullhorn. Fur vest & horn hat not included that’s avail on VIP package. pic.twitter.com/Vrzy5zGWkQ
— Diane Lees 💉🗽🌴😷 (@dtheavenger) May 15, 2021
So….. He’s helping to barricade the door to prevent “tourists” from entering.
I see, I see.
Isn’t the objective of tours to allow tourists to roam where publicly allowed.
— tellthetruth (@9_tellthetruth) May 15, 2021
THAT looks like a friendly Capitol tour on a sunny day. pic.twitter.com/wPCXNJqiHY
— enrich12 (@enrich1212) May 15, 2021
The Jan. 6 insurrection resulted in over 140 police being injured. And Trump supporters were armed with stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats, and flagpoles were wielded as clubs. A suspect allegedly planted pipe bombs by the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties the night before the riot. Yeah, just regular tourists, though, right?
Featured image via Political Tribune gallery