Representative Louie Gohmert attributes the January 6 riot to Democrats, government conspiracy


East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert on Sunday suggested the Jan.6 riot was a leftist conspiracy, denouncing arrests of people who stormed the Capitol in hopes of overturning the defeat of President Donald Trump as an “intimidation” in the service of “tyranny”.

“I stand up for what Dr King has done – peaceful protests. But we cannot let them intimidate us not to protest. It is the object of this treatment of those arrested – intimidation, ”Republican Tyler, a former trial judge, told the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Federal authorities are still looking for 300 suspects in the attack on the Capitol and 535 people have been arrested.

Gohmert was one of the most vocal members of Congress, echoing Donald Trump’s unproven claims that the election was stolen. On January 6, Congress met to ratify the Electoral College counts that each state then certified. Gohmert argued objections that would have nullified millions of votes.

Four days earlier, he had suggested that “street violence” might be the only option left to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.

At CPAC in Dallas on Sunday, Gohmert suggested President Nancy Pelosi was to blame for the violent siege that prompted lawmakers to flee for security reasons, with Secret Service agents pushing Vice President Mike Pence to stand. hide for hours.

“On January 6, the Sergeant-at-Arms refused, on behalf of the president, the presence of the National Guard to help protect the Capitol. Why did this happen? Do you think they were planning things? said Gohmert, who won his seat in 2004.

Gohmert linked this conspiracy theory to the conspiracy of anti-government extremists to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, last October. Fourteen men, apparently angered by lockdown orders aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, face charges. The FBI and state authorities had infiltrated the group, and Gohmert insinuated that if federal informants knew about the plot, it made it a government plot.

“What I read said five out of 14 worked for the FBI, the Feds …. What percentage of federal agents does it take to make this a government conspiracy? It has to stop,” he said. .

As for the suspects in the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, he described them as political prisoners denied access to 14,000 hours of surveillance footage that could help prove their innocence.

“Look, there was some fraud in our elections. And some of us stood up and protested. And the Democrats have gone mad, ”he said, urging CPAC attendees to“ encourage your congressman to join me in going to Washington jail and demanding to see these prisoners. Tell your members of Congress, and in the meantime, we must stand firm and not be intimidated by the federal use tyranny to try to stop us.

Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday he found it “horrible” that a CPAC audience loudly applauded anti-vaccine comments at a panel discussion earlier at the Conservative weekend rally in Dallas .

A Saturday panel titled “Are the Leftovers of the Pandemic Here to Stay?” Featured author Alex Berenson, who has long criticized coronavirus vaccines and Fauci’s response to the virus on social media.

“They were hoping – the government was hoping – that they could somehow induce 90% of the population to get vaccinated,” Berenson said to cheers, “and that’s not happening. Younger people are well aware real risks and the side effect profile of the vaccine… so there is going to be more pressure. ”

President Joe Biden set a target for 70% of American adults to receive at least one dose of the vaccine before the July 4 vacation – a target that was narrowly missed. As of Sunday, 67.6% of American adults – about 174 million people – had received at least one dose.

Fauci on Sunday called the crowd’s reaction “horrible”.

“I mean, they’re applauding someone who says it’s a good thing for people not to try and save their lives,” Fauci CNN’s Jake Tapper told. “It’s almost scary.”

Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, is among the most vilified public figures at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is being held at the Hilton Anatole near downtown Dallas. Speakers who mention Fauci’s name are almost always greeted with a chorus of boos.

“Fauci is better at throwing baseballs than he is in science, okay?” Donald Trump Jr. said during his speech on Friday.

On Sunday, a CPAC attendee wore a t-shirt with a photo of Fauci with prison bars superimposed over his face. “This is what the real lock should look like,” the shirt said.

While CPAC is undeniably united in its support for Donald Trump, some Republicans have walked away from the main convention to host an unauthorized panel, denouncing what they have described as high-income, establishment Republicans who make up the conservative rally.

The panel, hosted by Look Ahead America, took place on the third day of the conservative convention, but in a different part of the hotel. While flyers advertising the panel described it as an “official CPAC event,” organizers confirmed that CPAC had nothing to do with the organization of the event.

“This is CPAC’s main room right now,” said Matt Braynard, founder of Look Ahead American.

It starred Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida and former President of the Texas Republican Party Allen West. While West spoke earlier today at the CPAC convention, Gaetz had no speaking space during the conference.

“It turns out that a lot of the organizers and major sponsors of CPAC are lobbyists and political action committees, which may be a big part of why I’m here with you in the Monet Room,” Gaetz told an interview. crowd of a few dozen people gathered in a hotel conference room.

Gaetz went on to describe a “civil war” within the Republican Party. Mentions of Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell drew boos from the crowd. He called a group of left-wing Muslim congressmen a “Jihad Squad” and spoke out against the Pentagon grant for gender-affirming surgeries.

The panel represented another example of Republican infighting at the weekend convention. Earlier today, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem criticized Republican governors she did not appoint for adopting mask warrants and other restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Now I am not fighting with the Republican governors,” Noem said. “All I’m saying is we need leaders with courage. That their first instinct is the right instinct.




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