Watch: Tension On The House Floor Almost Turns Into A Physical Fight Between Two Congressman
Tension on Capitol Hill is at an all-time high and two Congressman almost started fighting each other during the debate to certify the election.
Lawmakers Rep. Andy Harris, (R-MD) and Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) had to be physically separated by multiple members of Congress.
The incident happened while Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) was condemning the violence and Republicans objected to Lamb’s description. At some point, Harris, and Allred got into it and were quickly separated.
Pelosi tried to get the chamber in order, “There’ll be order in the House! There’ll be order in the House!” she said, sternly banging her gavel, before finally commanding, “The gentlemen will clear this chamber.”
6. Democrats got on feet, from other side of the chamber many (a dozen?) started moving quickly, almost running thru rows to where Harris was.
7. Republicans started doing same.
8. A staffer – it may have been the Sgt. at Arms moved even more quickly to separate them.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) January 7, 2021
A member says it was mostly Al Lawson (D-Fla.) v. Harris, not Allred, though Allred was in the scrum.
Harris was mostly reacting to a line by Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), fwiw.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 7, 2021
In the clip below Lamb is speaking and you’ll hear the commotion behind him.
A shouting match occurred between Representatives Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Colin Allred (D-Texas). The Representatives approached each other in the House Chamber’s aisle, causing several house members to clear the benches. No punches were thrown. pic.twitter.com/63iKW079VM
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) January 7, 2021
Pelosi and McConnell have both adjourned the House and Senate which is probably for the best, cooler heads need to prevail. However, Senator Schumer has called for Vice President Pence to impose the 25th Amendment, and if he doesn’t wants the House to reconvene to impeach the President.
The quickest and most effective way—it can be done today—to remove this president from office would be for the Vice President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment.
If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress must reconvene to impeach President Trump.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 7, 2021