Representatives Adam Kinzinger and Adam Schiff became emotional during yesterday’s hearing for the House select committee’s investigation into the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Call them the Cryin’ Adams.
The committee held their first hearing since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to allow two supporters of former President Trump on the panel.
The hearing involved opening statements from the exclusively anti-Trump group, as well as compelling testimony from four police officers who defended the Capitol that day.
The officers themselves were surprisingly emotional and demanded lawmakers address the possibility that Republicans inspired the protest and subsequent riot.
U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Private First Class Harry Dunn placed blame squarely at the feet of the former President.
“This wasn’t the first time that … the MAGA people came up here to the Capitol,” Dunn said. “There were some skirmishes but it was never an attempt to overthrow democracy.”
“The only difference that I see in [Jan. 6] is that they had marching orders so to say,” he claimed.
HARRY DUNN: “There was an attack carried out on Jan. 6 and a hit man sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of that.” pic.twitter.com/j2L19vXMpJ
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) July 27, 2021
Kinzinger Gets Emotional
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), recently named as an acceptable replacement for people with opposing viewpoints on this one-sided panel, kicked off the melodrama.
The aggressively anti-Trump congressman fought back tears at several points as he described his view of the events.
“Democracies are not defined by our bad days,” Kinzinger waxed poetic. “We’re defined by how we come back from bad days. How we take accountability for that.”
“We may have our deep differences on other policy issues, but we are all Americans today,” he said, eyes puffy, biting his lip. “And we thank you for holding that line.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has referred to Kinzinger and fellow Trump-hater Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) as “Pelosi Republicans” and is considering punishment for their role on the select committee.
Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), in particular, would like to see McCarthy give the pair the boot.
“I think they’ve left the Republican Party, based on their actions,” said Good. “I think that they should be removed from their committees as Republicans.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) accused the two of “effectively working for Pelosi” and suggested they be banned from private GOP conference meetings.
In emotional remarks, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger praises officers who defended U.S. Capitol: “You guys won. You guys held.”
— ABC News (@ABC) July 27, 2021
Schiff Gets Emotional
Adam Schiff (D-CA), the man who cried wolf so many times on RussiaGate and the impeachment trials that it’s hard to take him seriously, followed Kinzinger’s shtick with a little drama of his own.
“If we’re so driven by bigotry and hate that we attack our fellow citizens as traitors if they’re born in another country, or they don’t look like us, then God help us,” Schiff said, visibly emotional.
“But I have faith because of folks like you,” he continued, addressing the officers. “I didn’t expect this could be quite so emotional either but it must be an ‘Adam’ thing today.”
An emotional Rep. Schiff: “If we’re no longer committed to a peaceful transfer of power after elections if our side doesn’t win, then God help us. If we deem elections illegitimate merely because they didn’t go our way … then God help us.” pic.twitter.com/ccPZMKUQa5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 27, 2021
If anything, the common denominator here isn’t the name ‘Adam,’ it’s the name ‘Trump.’
A name so powerful it reduced two grown men to near tears. It was a ‘Trump thing’ yesterday.
We hope Kinzinger and Schiff were able to recover from their emotional breakdown, perhaps drawing a warm bath as the evening was winding down, enjoying a few chapters of The Bridges of Madison County, kicking back in their little ‘No Insurrections Allowed’ swim caps.
Make no mistake, this soap opera will be going on for months before the select committee comes to their predetermined conclusion that Trump is a traitor.
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