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GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde defends comparison of Jan. 6 rioters to "tourists"

Rep. Andrew Clyde defended comments made during a House committee hearing in which he compared the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot to a "normal visit."

Why it matters: The Georgia Republican has routinely tried to downplay the events of Jan. 6, calling the mobof Trump supporters who breached the Capitol "tourists" and voting against awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to officers.

The big picture: In a back-and-forth during a Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who sits on the select committee investigating the attack, pressed Clyde on whether he had watched the officers' testimony earlier in the day.

  • Clyde said that question was “absolutely irrelevant” to the matter in front of the Rules Committee.
  • When asked about his comparison of the Jan. 6 attack to a "normal tourist visit," Clyde said, "I stand by that exact statement as I said it."

What they're saying: “We are here to discuss this amendment… and you are obviously not interested in that. You want to make this another Jan. 6 hearing, and it’s not. This is the rules committee.” Clyde said

  • "He refuses to say whether or not he heard the Capitol officers who risked their lives and have experienced traumatic medical injuries," Raskin said. "That’s his prerogative."

Explosive back-and-forth in the Rules Committee as Jan. 6 select committee member Jamie Raskin uses his time to grill GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde on his comments downplaying Jan. 6.

"I stand by that exact statement as I said it," Clyde says of his "normal tourist visit" remark.

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 27, 2021

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