‘EXCUSE ME!’ Jamie Raskin Confronts GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde for Comparing Rioters to Tourists in Fiery 10-Minute Clash
During a House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday night, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D- MD) directly confronted Congressman Andrew Clyde (R- GA) on his comments about January 6th after testimony from four Capitol Police officers.
Clyde rather infamously said in May that if you looked at footage from January 6 without knowing what it was, “you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
The fiery 10-minute back-and-forth kicked off with Raskin asking Clyde if he watched the testimony from those Capitol Police officers on the harrowing events of January 6th.
Clyde objected and said, “Let’s stick to the amendment.”
Raskin kept pressing him on whether he watched the testimony.
Clyde said, “It’s absolutely irrelevant to this amendment right here.”
“He refuses to say whether or not he heard the Capitol officers who risked their lives and have experienced traumatic medical injuries,” Raskin said. “That’s his prerogative.”
He went on to bring up how the “tourist” comparison was flat-out rejected by one of those officers.
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“Do you stand by your statement that they were tourists?” Raskin asked.
“Quote my exact statement, not your interpretation of my statement,” Clyde said.
Raskin read Clyde’s comment: “Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures. 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.”
“Those are your words,” Raskin said.
“And I stand by that exact statement as I said it,” Clyde responded.
Raskin again brought up the officers who “battl[ed] that medieval mob” and if he really thinks they were fighting tourists.
“That statement did not say that those people were tourists,” Clyde responded.
“I have read your statement once,” Raskin said as they went back and forth. “Lots of people online believed your statement that it was a normal tourist visit.”
“That is not my statement!” Clyde said, accusing Raskin of misquoting him.
He erupted at Raskin at one point and said, “You want to make this another January 6th hearing, and this is not! This is the rules committee!”
Raskin closed by lambasting Clyde’s “dangerous” rhetoric and told him he should listen to what those Capitol Officers had to say.
You can watch the full back and forth above.
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