America watched as tensions boiled over yesterday and hundreds of fired up Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol building, eventually breaking inside and vandalizing the building. The break-in came as Congress held a Joint Session to vote to certify the Electoral College results for President-elect Joe Biden. Representatives were forced into an emergency recess and Vice President Pence was evacuated to a safe and secure location. Hours later Capitol Police were able to regain control of the building and protestors were removed and sent home.
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
The Joint Session eventually resumed at 8 pm and went long into the night. While many representatives called for peace and unity in the aftermath of the shocking events of the day to lawmakers let the pressure get the best of them and nearly broke into a fistfight on the House floor. Collin Allred, a Democrat from Texas and Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland had to held back by a Capitol staffer around 2 am when the altercation occurred.
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
Several reporters said the dispute may have been sparked by Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb’s description of the Wednesday rioting.
“It didn’t materialize out of nowhere,” Lamb said of the unrest, according to Mediaite.com. “It was inspired by lies. The same lies that you’re hearing in this room tonight.”
The potential brawl between the lawmakers would have pitted Harris, a 63-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, against Allred, a 37-year-old former college football player at Baylor who later spent some time with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
Harris, born in New York City, has represented Maryland’s 1st Congressional District since January 2011, while Allred, a native of Dallas, has represented the 32nd Congressional District in Texas since January 2019 and was reelected to a second term in November.
B) Pelosi ruled the challenge out of order. Several mbrs then clustered toward the back of the chamber in what appeared to be a physical exchange on the flr between mbrs
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 7, 2021