Photo of Insurrection-Denying Congressman Helping Barricade the Door on January 6th Emerges After 'Tourist' Comments
Last week, Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde of Georgia sparked backlash during a committee hearing on the deadly failed insurrection at the United States Capitol this past January.
Clyde said that calling the insurrection an insurrection was a "bald faced lie" and that footage from that day resembled a "normal tourist visit."
This is Rep. Andrew Clyde (Q-GA) saying the January 6 insurrection looked like “a normal tourist visit” inside the… https://t.co/6hCx2WtAh7— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼) 1620843818.0
Clyde was just the latest House Republican to dismiss the severity of the Capitol Riots in order to deny the role former President Donald Trump's election lies—and the Republican party's embrace of them—played in the day's violence.
A bevy of photos and videos from that day show that its calamity was anything but a "normal tourist visit." Rioters shattered windows, ransacked offices, smeared excrement across the walls, pinned a Capitol Police officer between a door, and attacked officers with bear spray and flagpoles.
But now another photo is refuting the alternate reality Clyde presented at last week's hearing.
It doesn't feature rioters—but Clyde himself.
The Rep. Clyde news reminded me of this: UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6: Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., second from top lef… https://t.co/9prxqLXS4g— Tom Williams (@Tom Williams) 1621043260.0
The photo—taken by Tom Williams for CQ Roll Call/Getty Images—shows Clyde assisting others in barricading the House Chamber's entrance, hoping to stall the incoming rioters from gaining access.
While rioters were able to overtake the Senate floor only minutes after it was evacuated, they weren't able to gain access to the House floor, though one of the insurrectionists—Ashli Babbitt—died trying to enter the Speakers' Gallery.
The photo was even further evidence that Clyde himself knew the dangers of that day.
Dear @Rep_Clyde: Is that you in the picture? Do you remember? Insurrectionists were trying to stop the election cer… https://t.co/vPf7wZQ6mP— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1621057234.0
Helps barricade day of but also plays it down afterwards https://t.co/Lz2Z0ZPM1J— tony (@tony) 1621090411.0
How craven is @Rep_Clyde to say there was no insurrection? He helped barricade the doors from the “tourists.” They… https://t.co/50CQlsldaZ— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman) 1621079154.0
Just last week, this clown claimed that the incursion on the capitol on 1/6 resembled a typical tourist visit. Here… https://t.co/LVPJqmVsbb— Karl Erickson (@Karl Erickson) 1621261844.0
His "tourist" comments soon backfired.
Just normal, everyday, tourists. I often do this during Fringe. https://t.co/XIaFlgCBNU— Baron Münchausen (@Baron Münchausen) 1621080195.0
Keeping the tourists out, one presumes. https://t.co/mhDSQUA1qy— Derek Willis (@Derek Willis) 1621045437.0
But they were just “tourists” right @Rep_Clyde https://t.co/0pkESbSt09— Kurt Bardella (@Kurt Bardella) 1621076599.0
Barricading the doors from the "tourists" https://t.co/jEZgKdYfBX— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer) 1621076484.0
Since making the comments, Clyde has insisted he was taken out of context.