A correction has been issued by “The View” following false claims made by co-host Ana Navarro regarding the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Navarro falsely stated that footage showed Republican Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) pointing a gun at protesters during that day. The footage released by NBC News actually showed Nehls confronting the protesters, while a law enforcement officer was seen pointing a gun directly at a protester.
Navarro inaccurately conveyed that Nehls was holding the gun. Furthermore, she falsely asserted that President Donald Trump was responsible for the insurrection. Navarro concluded her criticism of Trump by stating that her false claims justified the Democrats’ efforts to prevent him from returning to the White House.
“That’s in the well of the House,” Navarro started.
“That is a Republican congressman holding a gun to the insurrectionists who were about to break in, who were coming for them,” she falsely said.
“How those Republicans can then go and endorse and support and campaign for Donald Trump, who was the cause for that insurrection, who incited it and promoted [it].
“How they can live with themselves, how they can pretend it was tourists touring the Capitol.
“How they can go around, [like] Elise Stefanik echo[ing] Trump’s words calling them hostages.”
“How dare he play with that word? How dare they try to whitewash history?
“And look, maybe it doesn’t work for everybody, but for me, today, I’m a single issue voter and my single issue is democracy and Trump losing,” she continued.
“I can disagree with Joe Biden on policy, I have one issue I care about … Donald Trump getting nowhere near the White House ever again.”
Nehls responded by blasting Navarro’s “false statement” which he described as a “RECKLESS disregard for the truth.”
Today, the dishonest View said I was holding a gun on January 6th.
This is a false statement and made with RECKLESS disregard for the truth.
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) January 8, 2024
In a subsequent segment, Navarro later admitted that she made an error in her statement regarding the individual depicted as the gunman in the footage of the Capitol riot.
“Yes, I misspoke. I said a Republican congressman had been holding the gun. Actually, we don’t know if it was a Secret Service or a police officer that day, but the one holding the gun, two Republican congressmen were behind the guy — the law enforcement officer — holding the gun,” Navarro continued.
— Nicole Silverio (@NicoleMSilverio) January 8, 2024
Damon Beckley, a protester on Jan. 6, captured the incident on his cellphone, where Nehls and Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) can be seen denouncing the violence inside the House chamber.
According to the footage shared by NBC News Justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly, Nehls can be heard expressing his disappointment and urging them to feel ashamed.
The congressmen communicated with Beckley through the broken glass of the locked House chamber door at that time.
“You ought to be ashamed of yourself!” Nehls said.
“They can only kill so many of us.”
“Fucking pedophiles! We know about your pedophilia!” pic.twitter.com/Hc90V857x1
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 6, 2024