Hey, do not forget that January 6 assault on the Capitol? Was incited by Donald Trump, who sicced his supporters on the constructing within the hopes that they’d overturn the 2020 election? Concerned rioters savagely beating officers and chanting “hold Mike Pence”? Left a number of folks useless, greater than 100 injured, and triggered melancholy and PTSD amongst regulation enforcement who had been there, to say nothing of those who later dedicated suicide? Republican lawmakers declare to recollect it however their recollections seem to have taken a cease at Delusionville on the best way to What the Precise Fuck Are You Speaking About City.
Throughout a Wednesday listening to of the Home Oversight and Reform Committee, many GOP lawmakers proudly rewrote historical past as a part of the social gathering’s official coverage of blatantly mendacity about simply fact-checkable issues, particularly ones that might make Trump look unhealthy. Rep. Paul Gosar—a 2020 election truther whose circle of relatives members endorsed his opponent and appeared in an advert begging folks to not vote for him—known as the people who violently broke into the Capitol “peaceable patriots” and claimed that the Division of Justice is “harassing“ them. Amazingly, Gosar, who has described Joe Biden as an “illegitimate usurper,” claimed that “outright propaganda and lies are getting used to unleash the nationwide safety state in opposition to law-abiding U.S. residents, particularly Trump voters.” He additionally described the killing of Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter who was shot by the Capitol Police whereas attempting to interrupt by means of the chamber as an “execut[ion].”
Then there was Rep. Ralph Norman who, like colleagues earlier than him, forged doubt on the truth that the group that attacked the constructing was really made up of Trump supporters, even supposing Trump had invited his supporters to D.C. for his “Cease the Steal” rally after which actually advised them to march to the Capitol. (Additionally, there’s the minor matter of the truth that many individuals mentioned they had been performing on Trump’s orders.)
Essentially the most absurd assertion, nonetheless, got here from Rep. Andrew Clyde who mentioned, out loud, in public: “Let me be clear, there was no riot and to name it an riot, in my view, is a bold-faced lie. Watching the TV footage of those that entered the Capitol and walked by means of Statuary Corridor confirmed folks in an orderly vogue staying between the stanchions and ropes taking movies and footage. , in the event you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January 6, you’ll really suppose it was a standard vacationer go to.”
Sure, only a regular vacationer go to if regular vacationer visits contain zip tie-toting vacationers dragging officers down steps; stunning them with stun weapons; smashing their heads with baseball bats, pipes, and flag poles; and inflicting concussions and no less than one coronary heart assault. Normally these types of vacationers can be requested to go away the premises instantly by safety, however apparently they’re alright within the f–ked-up different universe Clyde lives in.
Anyway, you would possibly ask how folks like Clyde sleep at evening however the reply is clearly like an absolute child—and never the type that solely lets his mother and father get two hours of shut-eye at a time, the type that’s been sleep-trained and is out like a lightweight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.!