A photo is circulating on social media that shows the Republican congressman who downplayed the insurrection last week during a hearing, likening the mob that stormed the Capitol to tourists, as he helped barricade the House doors on Jan. 6.
Business Insider reports:
Rep. Andrew Clyde said during a House oversight committee hearing on Wednesday that it was a “bald-faced lie” to call the riot an insurrection. He said the riot, in which hundreds of Trump supporters breached the Capitol, resembled a “normal tourist visit.”
After Clyde’s comments, a photographer shared a photo he had taken of Clyde using furniture to barricade the House against rioters trying to force their way in to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory. Several people died in the riot.
“The Rep. Clyde news reminded me of this,” the photographer, Tom Williams, said on Twitter.
In the hearing last week, Clyde addressed his attempts to barricade the House and suggested that because rioters did not breach the chamber it was not an insurrection.
Clyde said during the hearing: “As one of the members who stayed in the Capitol and on the House floor and who with other Republican colleagues helped barricade the door until almost 3 p.m. that day from the mob who tried to enter, I can tell you, the House floor was never breached, and it was not an insurrection.”
Clyde described the rioters as an “undisciplined mob” but also said they resembled tourists, Insider’s Grace Panetta reported.
“You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” he said.
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