Out Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) was “ready to fight these MAGA assholes” with his Democratic colleague, former NFL linebacker and Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) as a mob of violent Trump supporters invaded the United States Capitol last week, carrying weapons and chanting: “Hang Mike Pence!”
“Are you ready to fight these MAGA assholes?” Maloney said to Allred as the mob of conservatives and white nationalists attempted to violently force Congress to stop certifying the 2020 presidential election because their preferred candidate lost.
Allred turned to Maloney and replied: “Let’s go.”
At first, Maloney said that the rioters were getting into the building and “we thought they would be inside the chamber at any moment.”
He could hear the tear gas canisters being used outside the House chamber.
“We were ready for a fight,” he told the NY Daily News. “I think it was only later that we realized how many of them there were.”
Maloney said that he and four other Democrats were rolling up their sleeves to prepare for fisticuffs when police officers showed up to give the officials gas masks and lead them to safety.
While they were being evacuated by authorities to a safe room, Maloney said that he saw the rioters trying to smash the glass door to the Speaker’s Lobby, and that’s when he heard a gunshot ring out.
Police had fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old QAnon conspiracy theorist from San Diego who was attempting to climb through a broken window.
Once Maloney got to the secure location, he was able to call his husband.
The lawmaker said that he’s sure the rioters were planning to take members of Congress hostage.
“I don’t know why you bring zip ties unless you plan to take hostages,” he said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever been as angry in my life.”
“It’s hard to imagine a more serious betrayal of the oath of office than to incite a violent attack on the Capitol to prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” he said on MSNBC yesterday, discussing Trump’s second impeachment.
“We are witnesses to what happened. We are the witnesses. We were there. We saw it ourselves.”
“And there’s right now only two sides to this debate: there’s the Constitution and there is the mob.”
This is a sad & historic day.
It’s hard to imagine a more serious betrayal of the oath of office than to incite a violent attack on the Capitol.
I am proud of my colleagues for holding Donald Trump accountable & for standing up for what’s right tonight. pic.twitter.com/58OGQA7QEY
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) January 14, 2021