[WATCH] Jamie Raskin Rails Against Republican Rep Who Still Calls Jan 6th Terrorists ‘Tourists’
After the Select Committee’s first hearing on Tuesday and the emotional testimony from the four officers who related their experiences on January 6th during the Capitol riots, one might think Republicans who’ve remained steadfast in their insistence on revising the history of the events of the day would reverse their opinions.
Instead, many are doubling down on their takes, with everyone from Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson to sitting members of Congress insulting the integrity of those officers who nearly all lost their lives at the hands of the angry mob full of Trump supporters.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (Q-GA) was on the Senate floor on January 6th when the attacks began and was one of the members who helped barricade the doors from impending breaches until the chamber could be safely evacuated. Despite his life and the lives of his colleagues being threatened, Clyde retroactively took the stance that what had occurred was just a “normal tourist visit”. Tuesday night, Clyde doubled down on those comments as well as standing by his vote against Congressional Gold Medals for law enforcement that responded to the attack, just hours after the four officers told of their near-death experiences defending the Capitol.
Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia greets "tourists" entering the Capitol building January 6, 2021. pic.twitter.com/GQQJSXegu7
— Grandpa Rob of House Moderna: WEAR A MASK!😷 (@Phylter52) July 28, 2021
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who sits on the Select Committee and was also an Impeachment Manager for Donald Trump’s second impeachment, engaged Clyde in a fiery debate over his comments for ten full minutes. Raskin first grilled Clyde over whether he watched the hearings earlier in the day, but Clyde wouldn’t say. Clyde repeatedly slammed Raskin’s questions as “absolutely irrelevant,” with Raskin tersely reclaiming his time as Clyde attempted to interject and excoriating Clyde for “dangerous” rhetoric.
The back-and-forth often devolved into shouting matches between the two lawmakers, with Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the Rules Committee chair, intervening several times to “lower the decibel.”
Wild exchange between Jamie Raskin and Andrew Clyde during rules committee meeting just now. Raskin asked Clyde if he still stood by his statement calling 1/6 "normal tourist visit" and read out Clyde's entire statement.
Clyde: "I stand by that exact statement as I said it.”
— Annie Grayer (@AnnieGrayerCNN) July 28, 2021
While Clyde wouldn’t say whether he saw the hearing, many Republican lawmakers said they didn’t tune in. Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN.), brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, who was targeted by January 6th rioters calling to execute him, told Forbes he didn’t tune in. Nor did Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he was “busy” with Senate work.
Dear GOP @Rep_Clyde: Can you take 62 seconds of your time to watch this powerful witness testimony by Office Fanone? He contradicts your view that Jan 6 was a “normal tourist visit.”
Have you apologized to law enforcement yet?
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 27, 2021
Watch the full exchange, below.