Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are reportedly demanding a hearing be held to look into the increasingly popular trend of left wing violence against Trump supporters – particularly how things played out when left wing terrorists attacked a peaceful Trump crowd at the “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C. last weekend.
The group of Republicans is insisting Democrat Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney hold the hearing while simultaneously calling for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to answer for the violent attacks. They are claiming that Bowser’s “silence” on the issue is part of a “broader pattern of viewpoint discrimination.”
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, Rep. Jody Hice and Rep. Chip Roy penned letter to Maloney, after more than 20 people were arrested last weekend amid violent clashes between Trump supporters and Antifa / BLM groups in D.C.
“We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on November 14, 2020,” they wrote to Maloney. “These supporters were exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble within the District of Columbia.”
They added: “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.”
Thousands flooded the streets at the pro-Trump march in support of the president’s fight against the Democrats’ attempt to rig the 2020 presidential election in Joe Biden’s favor.
In scenes captured on video, small groups of Trump supporters who attempted to enter the area around Black Lives Matter Plaza, about a block from the White House, were confronted by several hundred anti-Trump demonstrators who had gathered there.
Trump supporters who approached the area were harassed, doused with water, and saw their MAGA hats and pro-Trump flags snatched and burned, while the Antifa and BLM affiliated counter protesters cheered.
Videos show the anti-Trump demonstrators shouting at families, sucker-punching people in the street, and harassing an elderly woman carrying a Trump flag.
Other videos show the counter protesters marching in the streets and tossing what appeared to be fireworks into an outdoor seating area of a restaurant while diners were seated.
“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,’” they wrote.
Daily Caller contributor Matthew Miller shared what he described as an “all out brawl between Proud Boys and Antifa in the streets.”
The clashes led to 21 arrests on Saturday according to police. A variety of charges, including assault and weapons possession, were filed against those arrested, officials said. Two police officers were injured and several firearms were recovered by police.
“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.”
Meanwhile, in a separate letter to D.C.’s mayor, Comer, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, Hice, Roy, and Rep. Mike Johnson requested information on how Bowser’s office plans to work with city police 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.”They added: “This is true regardless of who is doing the protesting or the popularity or unpopularity of their cause.”
The lawmakers slammed Bowser, saying her “silence” following the violence against Trump supporters “suggests you apply these principles only for those who share your same political opinions.”
“This is a dangerous precedent,” they wrote.