An impassioned speech from Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) nearly caused an early-morning fistfight to break out between two other House lawmakers during the debate over Pennsylvania’s electoral vote.
Lamb said that the GOP objectors to Biden’s 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,” Lamb 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 the congressman’s words struck from the record.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused, citing Griffith’s request as “not timely.”
Then, as Lamb continued to talk, a scrum broke out between Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Colin Allred (D-Tex.), who yelled at each other from across the House floor to sit down.
“Sit down!” one of them yelled. The other replied, “No, you sit down!”
The two then met in the aisle, which caused about a dozen lawmakers to clear their benches to intervene, reported CNN’s Kristin Wilson.
No punches were thrown. Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.) was also reportedly involved in the scrum.
The incident even caused an appearance by the House’s Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms, tweeted Wilson, an official who has the authority in confrontations between lawmakers to hit them with a mace if they don’t stop.
Once cooler heads prevailed, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) defended his colleagues against Lamb’s sentiment that GOP objectors should be ashamed of their actions.
“I’m not ashamed and neither are my colleagues,” Williams said. “We’re actually proud of what we’re doing over here.”
Mike DeBonis and Paul Kane contributed to this report.