He referred specifically to the recent comments made by GOP representatives Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Jody Hice (Ga.) And Paul Gosar (Ariz.). The resolution could face headwinds if a vote takes place on the floor of the house.
“The Commission is the place to do this,” said a Democratic leadership source in response to news of Cicilline’s resolution, pointing out that bipartisan 9/11 lawmakers are investigating the attack.
The resolution comes as more and more pro-Trump lawmakers are trying to downplay the violence that occurred on Jan. 6 when dozens of people broke into the Capitol, causing then-Vice President Mike Pence, Congressman, to back out to get involved Lawmakers, employees and others should flee and seek refuge in various parts of the Capitol Complex.
The rioters aggressively confronted the police officers on the floor of the house who had drawn their guns. A handful of GOP legislators were also standing by and preparing for hand-to-hand combat. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), one of those members, told POLITICO in January that he saw a man carrying a flag on a long wooden pole that was sharpened at the end.
Law enforcement officers have too before testified that some rioters not only had firearms but were also equipped with bear spray, knives and zip ties.
Clyde compared video footage of rioters storming the Capitol to a “normal tourist visit” during a hearing about the attack earlier this week.
“If you didn’t know that the TV footage was a January 6 video, you’d actually think it was a normal tourist visit,” said Clyde, arguing that it was “not a riot”.
While Cicilline did not name Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) in the resolution, he went to the floor of the house on Friday to downplay the violation at the Capitol as well.
“There were worse things than people without firearms who came into a building,” said Gohmert, falsely claiming that there were no firearms.
Some Republicans have contradicted their colleagues and talked about the revisionist message.
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) Described Clyde’s comments as “weirdly stupid”.
“As if it wasn’t exactly like that. It’s amazing, ”added Armstrong, noting that he was worried for his safety that day.