Over the weekend, troubling scenes were being broadcast out of our nation’s capital, as supporters of President Trump gathered to rally around the incumbent Republican.
At the heart of the “Million MAGA March” was the idea that Donald Trump may have had the election “stolen” from him via various methods, as outlined by the President’s legal team and, specifically, Rudy Giuliani.
As Trump supporters descended upon DC, however, they were met with raucous crowds of left-leaning counter-protesters, and the city soon grew violent with political melees.
Now, House Republicans are asking for an inquiry as to how and why those clashes were able to occur in one of the most secure cities in our country.
The top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are demanding Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney to hold a hearing to examine the violence against supporters of President Trump after the “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C. last weekend.
They are also calling for answers from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming her “silence” on the issue is part of a “broader pattern of viewpoint discrimination.”
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, penned a letter to Maloney, D-N.Y., after more than 20 people were arrested last weekend amid violent clashes between Trump supporters and counterprotesters in D.C.
Their language was stern.
“We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on November 14, 2020,” they wrote to Maloney. “These supporters were exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble within the District of Columbia.”
They added: “The failure of the city’s leaders to afford basic protections to persons who may hold different political viewpoints from their own appears to be another concerning example of viewpoint discrimination in the District.”
The Trump supporters were seen on video widely circulated on social media being verbally and physically harassed by counter-protesters in several skirmishes last weekend.
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