GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn says the Capitol rioters were mostly 'normal people' who were 'kind of wandering in'

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  2 weeks ago  •  5 comments

By:   Cheryl Teh, Business Insider

GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn says the Capitol rioters were mostly 'normal people' who were 'kind of wandering in'

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GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn says the Capitol rioters were mostly 'normal people' who were 'kind of wandering in'





Cheryl Teh

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn said in an exclusive interview with North Carolina news outlet Smoky Mountain News that the Capitol rioters were mostly "normal" people who were "wandering" into the building.   Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
  • GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn has doubled down on his defense of the Capitol rioters.

  • Cawthorn told a North Carolina news outlet that most Capitol rioters were "normal people" who were "kind of wandering in."

  • Reports released this week found that Capitol rioters committed more than 1,000 assaults on police on January 6.

  • See more stories on Insider's business page .

North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn has doubled down on his defense of the Capitol rioters.

In   an exclusive September 2 interview with Smoky Mountain News , a local news outlet based in North Carolina, Cawthorn said the rioters were mostly "normal people" who were "kind of wandering in."

"I believe a group of people within the January 6 protestors, a small minority who literally were the ones that endangered people's lives, ones who got very aggressive, who were the ones busting down the doors, were going bare-knuckle fisticuffs with the Capitol Police. Those people, I believe are dangerous individuals," Cawthorn said in the interview.

"But the overwhelming majority of the people of the January 6 thing were just normal people, there for a normal protest to redress their government. And then they saw an open door at the top of the Capitol, and they were just kind of wandering in," Cawthorn said.

The North Carolina lawmaker also made the news earlier week   when he called the Capitol riot suspects "political hostages."   Speaking at an August 29 event in Franklin, North Carolina, Cawthorn said he wanted to "try and bust them out of jail."

"If our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, it's gonna lead to one place and it's bloodshed," said Cawthorn   in his August 29 speech .

His comments this week come amid reports that   more than 1,000 assaults were committed against police officers   on January 6, per   Axios .

Cawthorn is not the only member of the Republican party who has made public statements minimizing   the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6 . In May, Rep. Andrew Clyde   likened the Capitol rioters to tourists.

Other prominent conservatives like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz have also   spoken up in defense of the Capitol rioters,   calling them "political prisoners" at a press conference on July 27. Greene and Gaetz   even made an unannounced visit to the DC Department of Corrections   on July 29 in an attempt to visit the Capitol riot suspects. They accused the DC authorities of "hiding something" when they were not admitted entrance.

Multiple police officers who were at the Capitol have   said the events of January 6   were   far from peaceful . In a July 27 hearing before the   House select committee   that is investigating the riot,   officers   gave   testimonies   about the   racism   and   physical harm   they were subjected to   by attackers during the riot.

More than 630 people have been arrested in connection with the riots,   an Insider database   shows. Their charges range from assaulting members of law enforcement to disorderly conduct in a restricted building.

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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

BLM PROTESTS ARE OFF TOPIC

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

So the over 600 people arrested 'were mostly normal people who were kind of wandering in'

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This little Nazi is planning another 'rally' in September.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

His comments this week come amid reports that      more than 1,000 assaults were committed against police officers       on January 6, per      Axios   .

Cawthorn is not the only member of the Republican party who has made public statements minimizing      the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6   . In May, Rep. Andrew Clyde      likened the Capitol rioters to tourists.

Other prominent conservatives like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz have also      spoken up in defense of the Capitol rioters,       calling them "political prisoners" at a press conference on July 27. Greene and Gaetz      even made an unannounced visit to the DC Department of Corrections       on July 29 in an attempt to visit the Capitol riot suspects. They accused the DC authorities of "hiding something" when they were not admitted entrance.

Multiple police officers who were at the Capitol have      said the events of January 6       were      far from peaceful   . In a July 27 hearing before the      House select committee       that is investigating the riot,      officers       gave      testimonies       about the      racism       and      physical harm       they were subjected to       by attackers during the riot.

More than 630 people have been arrested in connection with the riots,      an Insider database       shows. Their charges range from assaulting members of law enforcement to disorderly conduct in a restricted building.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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4  Tacos!    2 weeks ago
most Capitol rioters were "normal people" who were "kind of wandering in."

Meh . . . Yes and No. Yes, because I do think most people didn’t go there that day with the intention of storming the Capitol or attacking cops. I suspect many in the mob were just going with the flow. Legally, those people are probably guilty of little more than trespassing.

But No for two reasons. First of all, just being there that day in that crowd shows that you’re not quite rational or sane - at least when it comes to politics. The idea that the election was stolen from Trump is Looney Fuckin Tunes. Second, if you can go to a political rally and allow yourself to become part of a violent, lawbreaking mob, that doesn’t speak well of you, either. There’s nothing “normal” about any of that.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @4    2 weeks ago

Thanks for weighing in.  I appreciate it.  

 
 
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