WASHINGTON — Dramatic, newly released video shot by a Jan. 6 rioter shows the confrontation between two Republican members of Congress and Capitol rioters trying to breach the main door into the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. The videos show rioters staring down the barrels of guns through broken glass as they tried to force their way inside.
The 8-minute video, shot by Capitol rioter Damon Beckley and introduced as evidence ahead of his sentencing, was released to the media coalition late Friday in response to a request from NBC News. Federal prosecutors are seeking more than three years in federal prison for Beckley, and his sentencing has now been rescheduled for Feb. 9.
Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., can be seen speaking with rioters through the broken glass.
“You ought to be ashamed of yourself!” Nehls says.
“We’re coming in one way or another!” one rioter says.
“I’ve been in law enforcement in Texas for 30 years, and I’ve never had people act this way,” Nehls says. “I’m ashamed!”
Nehls has changed his tone in the three years since Jan. 6, even calling the death of Ashli Babbitt — the rioter who was shot by a Capitol Police officer as she jumped thrthe House floor — “murder.” In a previous interview with Nightly News, Nehls explained his thinking on Jan. 6.
“I am going to stay right here with my brothers and sisters in blue,” Nehls said. “I had my Texas mask on, and he looked at me through that broken glass and he said ‘You’re from Texas, you should be with us,’ and at that point, I said ‘No, sir, I cannot support what you’re doing, this is criminal.'”
In the video, one rioters tell the officers and representatives on the other side of the door “there’s going to be a bigger Civil War and a lot of bloodshed” if they didn’t get overturn the election.
“I drove fourteen hours to get here and stood in the cold for three and a half hours to find out that Mike Pence is a f—— traitor, man. And I voted for that f—— dude,” Beckley says in the video. “He could’ve done the right thing and certified those legislators, electors, and we wouldn’t be standing here with a nine-millimeter pointed at me right now!”
“We’re real American citizens, and we’re sick of this,” another rioter says. “We’re making it known that we’re sick of it.”
“They can only kill so many of us,” says one rioter.