WATCH: Louie Gohmert Pretends Capitol Rioters Weren’t Armed
Most attackers who entered the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th may not have had firearms, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have weapons. In fact, multiple suspects have been specifically charged with crimes relating to the use of weaponry.
Congressional Republicans have urged putting the January insurrection in the rearview, even as the FBI continues to seek out the rest of the suspects, and even while some Congress members who showed support for the rioters say they haven’t even been contacted by law enforcement about their roles yet. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) reiterated that point of view on the House floor Friday, saying that “there have been things worse” and focusing on the fact that the attack was not carried out with guns.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on January 6 Capitol insurrection: “There have been things worse than people without any firearms coming into a building.” pic.twitter.com/QnmNCnU9br
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“There have been things worse than people without any firearms coming into a building.”
Of course, the charges and video footage show that the attackers did more than “come into a building.” Video clips show death threats made against elected officials, including Mike Pence, who was still Vice President of the United States at the time.
Charges against the participants do include assaults with weapons, and the ‘weapons’ in question aren’t all flagpoles. NBC reports, for example, that one suspect, Daniel Rodriguez of California, faces charges for using an electroshock weapon, a stun gun, repeatedly on a police officer, Michael Fanone.
In fact, according to the Des Moines Register, several others are facing charges or being sought in connection with that specific attack — the attack on Fanone — and the officer reports that the attackers were calling for him to be shot with his own service weapon.
Despite multiple attempts to rewrite history in this case, it’s clearly documented that the attackers weren’t a mild-mannered tour group that just got a little too rowdy — there were weapons, assaults, death threats, and an attempt to overturn an election.