Barry Loudermilk was a far right nut in the Georgia state Senate and there was never any reason to think he would improve after he was elected to Congress. If anything, the Trump era has made him even worse and more unhinged. Last month looked at Loudermilk from the perspective of treason. Loudermilk was one of the MAGA Republican members of Congress who took domestic terrorists on a tour of the Capitol on January 5. The select committee investigating the deadly insurrection and coup attempt, has evidence and invited Loudermilk to come by for a little collegial chit chat, not even under oath, referring to his showing the rioters around the Capitol complex as a "reconnaissance tour." He demurred-- and denied he was part of the insurrection. He was lying.
Here's the tape the select committee released this morning, showing Loudermilk leading a group of insurrectionists through different tunnels underneath the Capitol, areas that not meant for tourists. The insurrectionists took photos to be used the following day in their plan to hunt down and murder members of Congress. Click on it and listen to what Loudermilk's friend had to say:
The man is boasting that the spear he made out of a pole holding an American flag was meant for several Democratic members of Congress. "There's no escape Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler; we're comin' for you. We're coming' in like white on rice for Pelosi, Nadler, Schumer, even you, AOC. We're comin' to take you out... pull you out by your hair. How about that, Pelosi?"
Loudermilk, who has been declared "cleared" by Fox co-conspirators, should be arrested and tossed into a jail cell in "the Patriot wing." This morning, The Hill, reporting on the release of the video evidence by the select committee, noted that "Loudermilk has acknowledged showing a small group of constituents around House office buildings the day before the attack, but claimed those participants “immediately turned back” once they saw the “chaos” developing at the rally. But video shared by the committee claims one of the men was at the riot, showing clips of the unnamed man marching toward the Capitol the morning of Jan. 6.
[T]he footage is a departure from how Loudermilk described the actions of the group he gave a tour too.
In an interview given on Jan. 6 as the attack was unfolding, Loudermilk referenced that he had “about a dozen people up here” when asked if he had a chance to talk to any of those involved in the rally.
“They definitely were peaceful people, people that we met at church, they were supporters of the president, they just wanted to be up here as if it was another rally. We’ve actually checked on them to make sure they are safe,” Loudermilk said in an interview with Georgia-based WBHF.
“They saw what it was turning into and they immediately turned back down the mall to get away from the crowds here,” he added, noting that some rally goers came with the intention of creating “chaos.”
“The behavior of these individuals during the Jan. 5, 2021 tour raises concerns about their activity and intent while inside the Capitol complex,” Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote to Loudermilk.
The tours the day before the rally drew particular attention as the Capitol complex was still closed to the public due to COVID, leading some Democrats to call for an investigation into why some groups that “appeared to be associated with the rally at the White House: were shown through the tunnel system that connects House office buildings to the main Capitol building.
Thompson said the “review of surveillance footage showing the above-described tour is consistent with those observations.”