House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lost it at a Republican congressman over comments he made last week about the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
According to reports, Pelosi’s outburst came after Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde (R) said during a House Oversight Committee meeting on Wednesday that the events that transpired at the Capitol building earlier this year at the hands of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters don’t amount to an insurrection, as Democrats have labeled it.
“Let’s be honest with the American people,” Clyde told his House colleagues, according to Mediaite. “It was not an insurrection. And we cannot call it that and be truthful.”
“An undisciplined mob”
The GOP member of Congress and former gun shop owner went on to read directly from the dictionary.
“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, according to Mediaite.
“There was an undisciplined mob. And there were some who committed acts of vandalism. But let me be clear: There was no insurrection,” the Republican congressman claimed. “And to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie.”
Clyde even reportedly remarked that “if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from Jan. 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
That apparently set off Speaker Pelosi, who called Clyde’s statements “quite appalling” in her own remarks to reporters. “A Republican member of the [Oversight] Committee said what happened that day was just a normal orderly visit of people to the Capitol. Really? Really?” Pelosi pressed.
“Well, I don’t know a normal day around here when people are threatening to hang the vice president of the United States, or shoot the speaker in the forehead, or disrupt and injure so many police officers. I don’t consider that normal,” the speaker added, urging reporters to hear Clyde’s comments for themselves. Take a look:
The bottom line
According to reports, the unrest at the Capitol on Jan. 6 left at least five dead and caused upwards of $30 million in property damage. NBC News reports that over 440 individuals are now facing charges over their involvement.
Still, Clyde, who was at the Capitol at the time of the riot, doesn’t feel the term “insurrection” is a good descriptor for the events that transpired. “I can tell you the House floor was never breached and it was not an insurrection. This is the truth,” he declared Wednesday, according to NBC.