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Opinion: Rep. Clyde, Republicans trapped in lies to cover for Trump
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters Aug. 18, 2019, before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. - photo by Associated Press

Rep. Andrew Clyde recently characterized the Republican Capitol attack as a normal tourist experience.  

It really isn’t too hard to figure out where Clyde is coming from politically, although his way of expressing it sometimes leads to humorous or hypocritical confusion.  

For example, his gun-centered campaign signs often left people wondering whether they were supposed to vote for Andrew Clyde or Clyde Barrow.  And this self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative” seems to have no trouble spending our taxpayer money trying to prove the point that he shouldn’t have to pass through metal detectors like every other American does when entering a federal building.  

But his characterization of the treasonous Capitol attack was particularly hard to figure out.  Does a normal vacation for Clyde involve breaking down security barriers, smashing doors and windows, attacking police officers, befouling a national shrine and stealing items from it? If not, maybe he just feels such tourist behavior is typical of people who follow Donald Trump. 

All kidding aside, we actually know where Clyde is coming from in this case, and it doesn’t say anything much better than those ideas. Engaging in lies and hypocrisy to cover for Trump has become the sole and overriding policy of the current Republican Party, and Clyde is as trapped in it as any of his fellow Republicans.

Bryan Sorohan

Gainesville 

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