January 6

Republican who said Capitol rioters were ‘tourists’ was photographed barricading House doors against them

A photo has emerged showing Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) barricading the House doors from rioters on Jan. 6 — a stark contrast to how he characterized the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on that day.

During a House oversight committee hearing on Wednesday, Clyde said that it was a “bald-faced lie” to call the riot an insurrection, adding that influx of rioters at the building resembled a “normal tourist visit.”

Not long after his comments, Roll Call photographer Tom Williams shared a photo of Clyde helping others use furniture to barricade the House doors against the mob.

“The Rep. Clyde news reminded me of this,” Williams wrote.

Clyde addressed his attempts to barricade the House, saying that because the rioters didn’t breach the Chamber, the event shouldn’t be labeled as an insurrection.

“As one of the members who stayed in the Capitol and on the House floor and who with other Republican colleagues helped barricade the door until almost 3 p.m. that day from the mob who tried to enter, I can tell you, the House floor was never breached, and it was not an insurrection,” he said.

“You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” he said.

As Insider points out, Clyde falsely claimed that police did not confiscate any weapons from the mob. According to FactCheck.org, numerous Capitol rioters were armed with a variety of weapons.

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