GOP Congressman Admits to Partying With Insurrectionists Before Capitol Attack
Republican Congressman Carlos Gimenez of Florida on Thursday denied that former President Donald Trump was the ringleader of the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol and then admitted that he was hobnobbing with people who planned to “do something” after Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally which preceded the deadly siege that same morning.
Gimenez delivered his remarks after CNN’s Erin Burnett called him out for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
“On that day, Congressman, you voted against certifying the results of the election in two states. Now those two states would not have changed the ultimate outcome of the election. You have said that Biden is the legitimate president of this country,” Burnett said on Out Front.
“But you know that 67 percent of people according to the latest CBS poll of Republicans – I’m sorry – do not believe Joe Biden is the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. Do you have any regrets about how your vote fed into what Trump was saying? He linked those things together – his lie – that that could be contributing to Republicans refusing to accept a legitimate president?” Burnett asked.
Facts and the damage the GOP’s false narrative has caused be damned, Gimenez declared that he stands by his vote.
“Absolutely. I have no regrets of my votes on that day. I voted not to impeach the president because I don’t think he incited the events that happened. I know for a fact that I saw people in my hotel room that were saying they were gonna do something at two o’clock and that happened at nine o’clock in the morning,” Gimenez replied, after which he reverted to parroting Trump and the GOP’s lies about the election. “And I also know and I still believe that Arizona and Pennsylvania – the election laws were violated – and that the legislature, who is the rightful place where these laws are made, those laws were violated, and that’s why I voted not to certify Arizona and Pennsylvania.”
Aaron Rupar of Vox posted the clip to Twitter and poignantly asked, “Who was in his hotel room?”
Rep. Carlos Gimenez about January 6: "I don't think [Trump] incited the events that happened. I know for a fact that I saw people in my hotel room that were saying they were gonna do something at 2 o'clock, & that happened at 9 o'clock in the morning"
Who was in his hotel room? pic.twitter.com/7fW7XCCVal
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 20, 2021