Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) appeared to be emotional during the videos shown at the impeachment trial on Wednesday.
MSBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted the observation after footage was shown of the Capitol Police officer was being squeezed between the doors. Lankford bowed his head and bent down.
"Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) put his hand on his colleague's arm, appearing to comfort him," said Griffin.
Republican James Lankford, watching the footage of the Capitol Police officer being crushed, appeared emotional, si… https://t.co/s54h6wuBQT— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1612998372.0
Sen. Lankford (R-Okla.) was incredibly shaken up after that last video of Officer Hodges being crushed. I and other… https://t.co/QQsNerIH9b— Andrew Desiderio (@Andrew Desiderio)1612996263.0
It is my understanding that @SenatorLankford was emotionally moved today. I trust God has touched his heart to fina… https://t.co/zQV2stBvxJ— Keith Gåddie (@Keith Gåddie)1613000501.0
Lankford, who was once the head of a youth summer camp for Baptist teens, isn't generally known as a big party player. He isn't expected to support the conviction of former President Donald Trump, however. Lankford was the one speaking about the election protests when the Senate was adjurned and members were told to flee for safety.
Lankford didn't support the impeachment, saying "[T]his is political theater...In a moment when [we need] to unite, this trial will only create even deeper divisions."