Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde defended the January 6th protesters during a House Oversight hearing on Wednesday, demanding that it was not an “insurrection” like the Democrats and RINOs like to claim it was.
Rep. Clyde took issue with the title of the hearing, which was “The Capitol Insurrection: Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions.”
“Let’s be honest with the American people,” Clyde said. “It was not an insurrection. And we cannot call it that and be truthful.”
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) arguing that the takeover of the Capitol Jan. 6 was akin to a “normal tourist visit” and that those who entered the Capitol did so in “an orderly fashion”:pic.twitter.com/EuNv8uxqXy
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The Georgia congressman read multiple dictionary definitions of the word insurrection, none of which are appropriate for what happened that day.
“The Cambridge English dictionary defines an insurrection as, and I quote, ‘an organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence,’” Clyde said.
The Republican asserted, in no uncertain terms, that people claiming the protest reached this level are lying.
“There was an undisciplined mob. And there were some who committed acts of vandalism. But let me be clear: There was no insurrection. And to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie.”
“You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” Clyde said.
He also pointed out that the only shot fired was at the unarmed Ashli Babbitt.
Rep. Paul Gosar also stood up for Babbitt during the hearing, demanding to know the name of the Capitol Police officer who executed her.