GOP lawmaker who compared MAGA rioters to 'tourists' cornered by Dem Jamie Raskin in 'wild exchange'
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), who infamously compared MAGA rioters to "tourists" strolling the Capitol building, got into what CNN reporter Annie Grayer described as a "wild exchange" on Tuesday with Rep. Jamie Raskin (R-VA).
During a rules committee hearing, Raskin asked Clyde if he still stood by his comparison of the MAGA rioters to tourists.
Clyde replied: "I stand by that exact statement as I said it."
Clyde's defiance on the comparison came after four Capitol Police officers gave emotional testimony about the physical and psychological abuse they suffered at the hands of Trump supporters on January 6th.
According to Grayer, Raskin kept pushing Clyde on his incendiary remarks and he pressed him on Capitol police taking offense with a pro-MAGA meme that depicted Trump supporters as peaceful tourists during the Capitol riots.
"I''m not responsible for an internet meme, okay?" Clyde replied. "You want to make this another January 6 hearing, but it's not."
GOP lawmaker banned from Oregon Capitol grounds for 18 months after pleading guilty to letting in rioters
On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that former Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman has been banned from setting foot on the state capitol grounds for 18 months as part of a guilty plea deal to official misconduct relating to his participation in a violent right-wing riot.
"Last December, when the Capitol was closed due to the pandemic, Nearman opened a side door to allow a group of violent protestors inside," the publication writes. "It led to a clash with police near the entrance. While explaining his actions to Marion County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Pellegrini, Nearman claimed he didn't support what the group did upon entering but eventually admitted that he opened the door so he could 'appear favorable to certain citizen groups.'"
According to the report, as part of the terms of the plea, Nearman was also required to pay $2,700 in restitution to the legislature and perform 80 hours of community service.
Nearman was expelled from the Oregon House of Representatives in a bipartisan 59 to 1 vote in June — the first time any lawmaker was removed this way in the history of the state. Despite this, local Republicans are still supportive of him and nominated him as his own replacement to the vacant House seat, which is technically legal but would have to be approved by the county commissioners who make the appointment.
McCarthy has been 'miscalculating the whole time' on riot commission — and it's blowing up on him: Van Jones
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Obama presidential adviser Van Jones suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has badly misfired by doing everything in his power to thwart the January 6 commission — and is paying the price for it.
"Today we heard Congressman [Adam] Kinzinger and Congresswoman [Liz] Cheney call out their fellow House Republicans for whitewashing January 6th," said anchor Erin Burnett. "There was not one person in that room defending Republican leadership for Trump. Did McCarthy miscalculate by pulling the picks out of the committee by saying, I won't have anyone in the room to listen?"
"Well, he's been miscalculating the whole time," said Jones. "He had the opportunity to have, you know, a bipartisan commission with everybody having the same rights when it comes to subpoenas, et cetera, and he missed that. So you know, Strike One. Strike Two, he could have put forward reasonable Republicans, critical, tough, but reasonable Republicans, and instead he put forward Republicans he knew would be unacceptable to most Americans and certainly Nancy Pelosi. And then today, he's missing in action while, you know, officers are baring their souls as to what happened to them."
Jones said that McCarthy's bet on boycotting the commission might work with the hardcore Trump base, but he doubted it would play well with the country as a whole.
"I think he's miscalculating the whole — if he cares about the country he's miscalculating," added Jones. "For his own party, who knows. If he cares about the country, he's been miscalculating the whole time."
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