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‘Sit down!’ ‘No, you sit down!’ Democrat’s speech nearly triggers fistfight on House floor

By Timothy Bella and Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post

An impassioned speech from Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) nearly sparked an early morning fistfight between two other House lawmakers during the debate over Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

Lamb said the GOP objectors to Joe Biden’s presidential election win didn’t need to “strip this Congress of its dignity” any more after pro-Trump rioters attacked the Capitol on Wednesday.

“We know that that attack today, it didn’t materialize out of nowhere, it was inspired by lies — the same lies that you’re hearing in this room tonight,” he said. “The members who are repeating those lies should be ashamed of themselves. Their constituents should be ashamed of them.”

Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) took exception to Lamb’s words. Moments later, Griffith raised a point of order and attempted to have his colleague’s words struck from the record.

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