House Republicans are calling on House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney to hold hearings to investigate violence against President Trump’s supporters during the “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C.
“We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on November 14, 2020,” House Republicans wrote to Maloney. “These supporters were exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble within the District of Columbia.”
“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,” they continued.
House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer, Rep. Jody Hice, and Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, signed the letter.
The march in support of Trump’s legal efforts related to election fraud was attended by thousands of his supporters, but the event was mired in violence when attendees were attacked by counterprotesters who descended on Washington.
“Despite the violence, the mainstream media and liberal establishment were quick to minimize the seriousness of the use of violence against Trump supporters by deriding them for failing to wear masks in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and asserting that they were infiltrated by ‘white nationalists, conspiracy theorists, and far right activists,’” House Republicans wrote.
“City leaders have remained silent on the violence,” they continued. “This growing level of violence directed at others for holding different views is simply unacceptable.”
In a separate letter to Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, other House Republicans requested information on her and the district police’s plan to “ensure the safety of those who seek to peacefully exercise First Amendment rights within the District.”
“These brazen attacks are part of a continuing trend against leftist agitators perpetrating acts of violence against individuals in the District under your watch,” they wrote. “The right to peacefully assemble in our nation’s capital under the First Amendment is paramount.”
“This is true regardless of who is doing the protesting or the popularity or unpopularity of their cause,” they added.
Videos of suspected Black Lives Matter and antifa supporters attacking Trump supporters went viral over the weekend, sparking outrage from many in conservative media.
— Craig Dillon (@craigtdillon) November 14, 2020
BREAKING – Multiple Trump supporters assaulted by pro-BLM supporters in Washington D.C. One of the supporters assaulted was brutally knocked out. The scene is chaotic right now #MillionMAGAMarch pic.twitter.com/2Gjl8WC8Z0
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) November 14, 2020
Ivanka Trump joined the chorus of those condemning the violence, taking to social media to criticize the lack of coverage of the situation.
“The media’s near total silence about the physical violence being perpetrated against conservatives is shameful & dangerous. Just image [sic] the outrage and indignation if this went the other way,” she tweeted.
“Violence is never the answer and instigators must be condemned and prosecuted,” she continued.
Author: Michael Lee
Source: Washington Examiner: House Republicans demand investigation into violence against Trump supporters during ‘Million MAGA March’