History will long remember the calamity at the United States Capitol on January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists, motivated by the former President's election lies, stormed the United States Capitol in a deadly failed insurrection.
While Capitol and D.C. Metropolitan police officers bore the brunt of the rioters' aggression, video revealed during Trump's second impeachment trial in the Senate that the rioters—who had called for the execution of officials they saw as disloyal to Trump—came within only feet of the lawmakers they were targeting.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah was one of those lawmakers. During the Senate trial, House impeachment managers played a harrowing video that showed Romney walking down a hall outside the Senate chamber, only for a Capitol Police Officer to warn him of incoming rioters, prompting Romney to turn and run to safety. As a Trump-critical Republican who was the only GOP Senator to find then-President Trump guilty in his first impeachment trial, Romney would've been a primary target of their violence.
So Romney was speaking from personal experience when he recently commented on lies broadcast by Republican Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia.
Clyde absurdly claimed during a committee hearing on the insurrection that calling the insurrection an insurrection was a "bald-faced lie."
He even went so far as to compare the riots to 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
"Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn't know the TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you'd actually think it was a normal tourist visit."
In reality, Capitol rioters shattered windows, ransacked offices, smeared excrement across the walls, and hurled racist slurs at officers while beating them. It was anything but a "normal tourist visit."
Romney pushed back against Clyde's absurd claim, saying:
"I experienced the day. It was a violent effort to interfere with the constitutional order and thwart the duly-elected president from taking the office. And as such it was an insurrection."
Even critics of the Republican party agreed with Romney on this.
This isn’t hard to understand 🤷🏼♂️ https://t.co/nLNxwlANTT— Lee Ellzey (@Lee Ellzey)1620957604.0
Huge if true. Also: True. https://t.co/yStjQk3AkG— Lex Friedman (@Lex Friedman)1620957053.0
fire. https://t.co/LYE05kDIAH— Neal Silvester - Metafiction Director (@Neal Silvester - Metafiction Director)1620942141.0
Thanks Romney for speaking the TRUTH! https://t.co/DsgY0939EZ— Louis Pennywell (@Louis Pennywell)1620940287.0
It is quite disturbing that a very level-headed and objectively accurate portrayal of events between November and J… https://t.co/6zuAYLmAa3— rcon14 (@rcon14)1620937994.0
I can’t believe there are people who still do not understand this https://t.co/EPspwQsA6N— Theresa (@Theresa)1620932060.0
Meanwhile, Clyde continues to face pushback for his delusional characterization of the day's horrors.
U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga, said “if you didn't know the TV footage was from Jan. 6, you would actually think it… https://t.co/AR3ltgrWdn— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact)1620945000.0
A pathetic gaslighting politician and of course he is #RepQublican https://t.co/hIXB1hnMxn— 🖤Carly Lehwald (@🖤Carly Lehwald)1620993436.0
.@Rep_Clyde is a COWARD. Shame on him!! https://t.co/cNpoXLqlMq— m🗽 (@m🗽)1620938454.0
Clyde falsely accused the media of taking his comments out of context.