Ana Navarro, a prominent liberal commentator and co-host of ABC’s “The View,” has been compelled to issue a regrettable retraction. In a recent episode of the show, Navarro made a false assertion, alleging that Republican Representative Troy Nehls had brandished a firearm towards certain individuals involved in the Capitol incursion. However, this claim has been debunked by NBC News, which obtained footage showing Nehls confronting protesters as they tried to enter the House chamber on January 6, 2021, as reported by the Daily Caller.
Dramatic new Jan. 6 video shows two GOP representatives speaking with Capitol rioters through the broken windows of the House chamber doors as officers point weapons at the mob attempting to breach the floor.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 6, 2024
“That’s in the well of the House. That’s a Republican congressman holding a gun to the insurrectionists who were about to break in, who were coming for them,” Navarro said at the beginning of her rant.
“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 pretend it was tourists touring the Capitol? How they can go around … calling them hostages?” she continued. “How dare he play with that word! How dare they try to whitewash history!”
Navarro was forced to admit her mistake later on during the show.
I misspoke,” she admitted.
“I said that a Republican congressman had been holding the gun. Actually, we don’t know if it was a Secret Service [agent] or a police officer. … The two Republican congressmen were behind the guy — the law enforcement officer — holding the gun.”
Nehls subsequently addressed Navarro’s remarks regarding X and cautioned about the possibility of initiating legal proceedings.
“Today, the dishonest View said I was holding a gun on January 6th,” the Texas congressman wrote. “This is a false statement and made with RECKLESS disregard for the truth. I look forward to a public apology from Ms. Navarro and speaking with their attorneys.”
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