“The news from Rep Clyde reminded me of that,” Call photographer Tom Williams tweeted this week, and included a photo of the Georgia congressman in a group of eight men pushing a piece of furniture against the bedroom doors.
Speaking to the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Representative Clyde played down the actions of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6 as “a normal sightseeing visit.” The violent attack left five people dead, including a police officer.
“As a member who stayed on Capitol Hill and upstairs in the House, who along with other Republican colleagues helped barricade the door until almost 3:00 pm from the crowd that attempted to enter, I can tell you that House soil was never violated and that it was not an insurgency, ”Mr. Clyde told the committee.
“It wasn’t an insurgency, and we can’t call it that and be honest.”
Mr Clyde’s remarks have been criticized by lawmakers and law enforcement experts. Fred Wellman, the executive director of Project Lincoln and former commander of US forces in Iraq, wrote, “How cowardly is Representative Clyde to say there was no insurgency?”
“He helped barricade the doors of ‘tourists’. They know that lying to the MAGA crowd equals money. It’s all that matters. ”
Also issuing a reply, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke of death threats against her and former Vice President Mike Pence at a press conference on Wednesday.
“Well, I don’t know a normal day here where people threaten to hang the Vice President of the United States or shoot the loudspeaker in the forehead,” Ms. Pelosi said, as reported by CBS. “I don’t consider it normal.
Hundreds of people responded on Twitter to the photo of Mr. Clyde barricading the door.
“It is a well-known fact that it is a centuries-old tradition to barricade doors when tourists are walking nearby,” one user tweeted, Robin Messing .
Another user, Vivian Hasch, tweeted: “Do Georgians still barricade doors against ordinary everyday tourists?”
A pro-Trump mob then stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the next president. More than 400 people have been accused of participating in the riot.
Representative Paul Gosar falsely claimed on Wednesday that Capitol Hill officers “harassed peaceful patriots” on January 6, according to NBC News.
His fellow Republican, Republican Jody Hice, added Wednesday: “It was the Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not the Trump supporters who were taking the lives of other people.”
Republican MK Liz Cheney was ousted from her role as Republican conference chair on Wednesday after repeatedly making comments holding Mr. Trump responsible for the Capitol riots.
The independent approached Rep. Clyde’s office for comment.