Chestertown, MD — New video footage from a recent Republican event shows a speech from Congressman Andy Harris in which he attacks a near-unanimous bill to encourage teaching about Japanese internment camps, mocks a memorial for El Paso shooting victims, and defends the January 6th insurrectionists, arguing they should not be prosecuted.
In the unhinged rant, Harris says he is “done making apologies” for American tragedies like Japanese internment and mass shootings. He brags that he was one of only a handful of members who opposed bipartisan legislation to promote education about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and a memorial to honor victims of the El Paso shooting.
Harris joined Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz in voting against both bills this week, which passed with overwhelming majorities.
In the video, Harris also defends the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, arguing they should not be prosecuted.
“Andy Harris has always been an outspoken radical – but what he says in private and behind closed doors here is just sickening. There is no place for this kind of rhetoric anywhere in America – much less in Congress,” said Heather Mizeur, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s First District.“Andy Harris explains away his harmful, inflammatory rhetoric by saying he ‘won’t apologize for America.’ But loving America means striving to make her better. It means upholding this amazing country to the highest version of its ideals — to continue working toward a more perfect union, dedicated to the freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots have always sacrificed their lives and fortunes to protect. Real patriots understand this.”