A video of Representative Tim Ryan passionately criticizing Republicans for opposing a commission to investigate the Capitol riot has now been viewed more than 3 million times.
Ryan, a Democrat who represents Ohio’s 13th congressional district, spoke from the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday and blasted GOP members who were opposing the bill to set up a 9/11 style commission.
Ryan thanked Republican Representative John Katko of New York, who cosponsored the legislation, but he offered strong criticism of Katko’s party colleagues who opposed it in an animated speech.
“I want to thank the gentleman from New York and the other Republicans who are supporting this and thank them for their bipartisanship,” Ryan said.
“To the other 90 percent of our friends on the other side of the aisle, holy cow. Incoherence. No idea what you’re talking about,” he said.
Technically, 83.3 percent of GOP members of the House voted against the bill.
Ryan compared Republican opposition to the commission with a previous two-year long investigation into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. The GOP-led probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s handling of the incident cost some $7 million and concluded that Clinton was not personally responsible and could not have prevented it.
Many Democrats, as well as other critics, argued that the Benghazi investigation was politically motivated. Its report was published in June 2016. Clinton secured a majority of delegates to clinch her party’s nomination in the same month.
“Benghazi, you guys chased the former secretary of state all over the country, spent millions of dollars. We have people scaling the Capitol, hitting the Capitol Police with lead pipes across the head, and we can’t get bipartisanship. What else has to happen in this country?” Ryan said on Wednesday.
“Cops! This is a slap in the face to every rank and file cop in the United States,” Ryan went on.
“If we’re going to take on China, if we’re going to rebuild the country, if we’re going to reverse climate change, we need two political parties in this country that are both living in reality, and you ain’t one of them,” he said.
Ryan was first elected to Congress in 2002 for Ohio’s 17th district but has represented the state’s 13th district since 2013 due to redistricting. He announced on 26 April that he’s running for Ohio’s open Senate seat in 2022. Ryan also briefly ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2019.
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