Twitter Critics Post Jan. 6 Photo Of Terrified GOP Rep Now Handing Out Assault Rifle Pins
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) cowers in terror behind an officer at the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection Jan. 6, 2021. Now he's passing out assault rifle lapel pins to his colleagues.
Twitter critics incensed Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) is handing out assault rifle lapel pins to his colleagues amid horrific mass shootings are now circulating a photo of a panicked Clyde hiding from violent insurrectionists at the Capitol.
In the photo, Clyde — a look of utter terror on his face — cowers behind a Capitol officer pointing a gun at the door of the House chambers prepared for the insurrectionists to burst in after they stormed the Capitol on Jan, 6, 2021.
Clyde is also photographed helping shove furniture against the door to keep out the Donald Trump supporters. One Twitter wit suggested that maybe Clyde distribute lapel pins of barricades — not assault rifles — to his colleagues.
Clyde has been raked by Democrats and others after distributing the lapel pins of rifles to Republican lawmakers in the House.
Reps. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) and George Santos (R-N.Y.) have both been photographed wearing the pins. Luna did so on Monday less than 48 hours after a mass shooting in her state that injured 11 people, two of them critically. There were six mass shootings in Florida in January.
Anna Paulina Luna wore an assault weapon pin at today’s Oversight hearing — less than 48 hours after her state experienced a mass shooting.
You can’t make this sh*t up. This isn’t the flex you think it is. pic.twitter.com/AxEOmM6dN6
— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) February 1, 2023
Appalled Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) told a reporter this week: “Anybody can wear whatever they want, but you have to have some common decency.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) asked Clyde on Twitter: “Are you hear [sic] for the kids or the killers?” He added: “Mr. Clyde just gave us the answer.”
Clyde, the owner of a major Georgia gun retailer who profits from gun use, quipped in a tweet that he had “triggered” Democrats” with his pins extolling assault rifles, which he wears. He said they’re intended to express support for the Second Amendment.
That drew out a flood of photos on Twitter of the terrified Clyde on Jan. 6, with one critic mocking: “Were you triggered here?”
Clyde insisted after the storming of the Capitol that the insurrectionists were merely “tourists” walking through the historic building. It’s not clear why he was compelled to help barricade the House chamber from tourists.
Were you triggered here? pic.twitter.com/F5ArQp46CM
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) February 3, 2023
This you Clyde? pic.twitter.com/oEIiOaXrsN
— Bob Karp (@BobKarpDR) February 3, 2023
Should have handed out barricade pins. 🙄
"Tourist visits" scare you, why? pic.twitter.com/L5oKqyWYWJ
— Laura Apollo (@lauraapollo) February 3, 2023
Were you triggered on January 6th, 2021? pic.twitter.com/W5k7Ayurtz
— PARODY - JEWISH SPACE LASER Captain Count De Monet (@johnaddams2022) February 3, 2023
This is GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde cowering behind security guard on Jan. 6th. Now he’s passing out plastic assault rifle pins for @HouseGOP to wear in place of American flags. So patriotic! pic.twitter.com/ggSTBAA3Az
— Dr. T (@PonderingPrinc) February 4, 2023
andrew clyde pissing himself on January 6 2021 is all you need to know pic.twitter.com/ZdQdHAeSth
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) February 3, 2023
This is sick. Georgia Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde is proudly passing out assault weapons pins to his colleagues, who are wearing them. I wonder what the families of victims of mass shootings think about this. pic.twitter.com/5a5vHZuDsg
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) February 3, 2023
@Rep_Clyde, we did notice that it replaced the U.S. flag lapel pin normally worn by members, which is appropriate. Their allegiance is to the gun, not the flag. pic.twitter.com/ipvIFQ42Ep
— Tom Shafer (@TomShafShafer) February 3, 2023
Clyde was one of only three members of the House, all Republicans, who last year voted against making lynching a federal hate crime.