WASHINGTON — Tensions on Capitol Hill boiled over in the early hours of Thursday morning when a Democrat and a Republican lawmaker nearly got into a fist fight on the House floor and had to be separated by their colleagues.
Unbowed lawmakers returned to the chamber at 9 p.m. to continue a vote on President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory which was dramatically interrupted by pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol in a violent riot that left a woman shot dead.
According to accounts from reporters in the room, Republicans became angry around 2 a.m. as Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania gave a speech claiming the violence was inspired by GOP “lies” about the election outcome.
“The members who are repeating those lies should be ashamed of themselves. Their constituents should be ashamed of them!” Lamb said.
Republicans objected to the language but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) moved on.
A confrontation subsequently broke out in the background