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Harrowing New Jan. 6 Video Shows GOP Rep. Troy Nehls in Tense Capitol Standoff



GOP Rep. Troy Nehls faces rioters at the US Capitol on January 6,
GOP Rep. Troy Nehls faces rioters at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Screenshot)

In a gripping new video released by the Justice Department, U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) is caught in the midst of the January 6th Capitol insurrection, standing in the House chamber alongside a security guard aiming a pistol at rioters attempting to breach a door. The footage, released at the request of NBC News ahead of the third anniversary of the deadly riot, captures Nehls shouting through shattered window panes.

“I’ve been in law enforcement in Texas for 30 years, and I’ve never had people act this way,” Nehls tells the rioters. “I’m ashamed!” Nehls was wearing a mask with a Texas flag, as masks were mandatory in the chambers at the time.

“We’re coming in one way or another,” a rioter replied in the video says.

In the midst of the attack, Nehls posted on social media a picture of himself helping barricade the door as he condemned the violence.

“What I’m witnessing is a disgrace. We’re better than this. Violence is NEVER the answer,” he wrote.

However, despite his initial condemnation of the violence, Nehls has since downplayed the significance of the attack and emerged as a staunch defender of many rioters facing prosecution. His unwavering support for former President Donald Trump includes echoing false claims about the 2020 election.

Nehls denies Trump’s responsibility for the attack, shifting blame to the U.S. Capitol Police and criticizing the House investigation into Trump’s role. He plans to defend Trump in a case potentially disqualifying him from the 2024 ballot. Nehls has also offered a qualified defense of rioters, claiming Ashli Babbitt’s death was murder and criticized the House committee investigating the attack.

The Texas Republican, who authored a book alleging election rigging and impeachment to damage Trump, continues to fervently support Trump, even proposing him as a potential unifying leader during the search for a new House Speaker.