Gohmert Tries Rewriting History In Competing Bill To Award Gold Medals To Capitol Police

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks during a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus about immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border outside the U.S. Capitol on March 17, 2021 in ... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks during a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus about immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border outside the U.S. Capitol on March 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Accusing the Biden Administration of partnering with with drug cartels, members of the conservative caucus listed numerous crimes along the border, including cattle rustling. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered an alternate reality on Wednesday when he circulated a bill to award congressional gold medals to Capitol Police officers whose lives were endangered during the deadly insurrection earlier this year that former President Trump incited.

In his bill, Gohmert conveniently omits the reality behind the deaths of Officers Brian Sicknick, Jeffrey Smith and Howard Liebengood. Gohmert’s resolution simply states the officers “passed in January 2021” without acknowledging Sicknick after sustaining injuries during the Capitol attack, and Smith and Liebengood taking their own lives in the aftermath of the insurrection.

Gohmert’s bill comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) previously introduced a bill to award law enforcement with congressional gold members for their heroism during the insurrection.

Politico first reported the news of Gohmert’s bill.

Gohmert’s bill adds to efforts by Trump loyalists to downplay the then-President’s incitement of the mob that breached the Capitol earlier this year.

Politico reported earlier Wednesday that some members of the House Freedom Caucus, of which Gohmert is a part, are weighing voting against the resolution that Democrats put forward honoring Capitol Police, due to the bill referring to the Capitol as “the temple of our American Democracy” and explicitly calling out the “mob of insurrectionists.”

Congressional Republicans voted along party lines to acquit Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial for “incitement of insurrection.”

Several congressional Republicans have made clear that Trump’s influence on the GOP is here to stay, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) walking back their initial condemnations of Trump’s failure to urge his supporters to halt the Capitol attack on the day of the joint session of Congress ratifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

Trump has continued his crusade against the handful of Republicans who voted in favor of his impeachment. After affirming his loyalty to the GOP during a speech at CPAC last month, the former president implored his supporters to “get rid” of all the Republicans who dared to buck him.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: