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GOP Rep. Apologizes for Berating Park Ranger at WWII Memorial

One of the most memorable moments from the government shutdown was when Republican congressman Randy Neugebauer angrily confronted a park service ranger at the World War II memorial and scolded her for not letting people in, even though it was Congress that really triggered the shutdown. Now that the shutdown is over, Neugebauer has apologized for his behavior in a letter to the National Parks Service.

According to The Hill, Neugebauer explains he was “caught up in the emotion of that moment” and didn’t mean to snap at the park ranger as he did.

“While I do feel strongly about allowing our veterans access to the national memorials, I’m sorry for the way I spoke, not only because I put the Ranger on duty in an uncomfortable position, but also because my remarks were not an accurate reflection of the regard I have for the Park Service.”

Neugebauer said at the time that “the Park Service should be ashamed of themselves” and was confronted by another man who said the real blame lies with Congress.

Neugebauer continued, “Debate and dissent is crucial in our democracy, but it should be done in a respectful manner, while that was my intent, I realize that it wasn’t the outcome.”

Watch the original confrontation below, via NBC News:

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