Reps. Matt PedoGaetz and ‘Sold Her Soul’ Elise Stefanik introduced a resolution on Tuesday that TFG “did not engage in insurrection.” The resolution says little more than that, in fact:
“Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that former President Donald J. Trump did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Many of those who spoke denied that there had been an insurrection at all. Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Mo.), for example, scoffed at the idea that there could have been an insurrection if the crowd didn’t have guns.
“Not one of the people up here was armed,” he claimed, “and I don’t know how you’re going to take over the Capitol if you’re not armed.”
In reality, of course, there were armed individuals at the Capitol on that day, not to mention that many of those who participated in the riot had sticks, chemical irritants and other non-firearm weapons. What’s more, Burlison’s argument is internally contradictory: The crowd did take over the Capitol.
The resolution, which is nonbinding, would declare that it is “the sense of the House of Representatives” that Trump “did not engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or give aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”