WATCH: House Republican Goes Full Whataboutism In Insurrection Hearing
Republicans have vehemently opposed a joint commission to examine the facts in the January 6th insurrection effort. However, a House panel has still been asking questions — and even there, the focus couldn’t stay on the attack itself.
Here’s Representative Jody Hice (R-GA). He had an opportunity to try to help get to the bottom of an attempt to overthrow the United States government. Instead, he wanted to talk about Hunter Biden and the purported laptop that Rudy Giuliani claims to have acquired by mysterious means, and about Black Lives Matter protests for racial equality and justice. However, as he says himself, his time ran out.
At a hearing about the January 6th Capitol insurrection, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) talks about Hunter Biden’s laptop and asks FBI Director Chris Wray about BLM protest arrests. pic.twitter.com/pQNWNUJkDJ
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In the clip, Hice cuts of FBI Director Christopher Wray in mid-sentence, talking over him. “Alright Director Wray, I get the point. I’d love to ask about the Durham report, Hunter Biden laptop, Hunter’s business dealings in China, and a host of other things, but my time is expired. I will wrap up and I will urge this Democratic leadership to hold hearings on the riots that took place across this country last summer.”
Notably, there were arrests in the Black Lives Matter protests, including many for nonviolent charges such as curfew violations. In one example, the Guardian reported that police arrested 10,000 protestors, who were initially told that the charge would be loitering, then were labeled with “unlawful assembly,” and finally charged with disorderly conduct — none of which is a violent crime.
What’s so difficult about staying on topic for the length of a single hearing, focused on protecting the United States government from insurrection and sedition?