Adam Schiff 'Cries' During Capitol Riot Hearing - WATCH
Democrat turns on the water works at anti-Trump Jan. 6 Select Committee hearing
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared to "choke up" and start "crying" during the Democrats' anti-Trump Capitol riot hearing on Tuesday.
Schiff made comments in response to witness Officer Harry Dunn, who had just given his remarks at the hearing, which is being broadcast live on national TV.
The Democrat appeared to be glancing down and reading from a pre-prepared statement as he spoke, despite speaking as though he was reacting to Dunn's testimony.
"Well officer thank you, I believe in this country and I believe in it because of people like you,” Schiff said to Dunn as his voice began to wobble.
"Who understands what the flag means and what our constitution means and risk their lives to defend it," he added while forcing fluids through his tear ducts.
"I’d like to think, as Amanda Gorman so eloquently said, that we’re not broker we’re just unfinished."
"Because if we’re no longer committed to a peaceful transfer of power after our elections, if our side doesn’t win, then God help us,” a visibly "emotional" Schiff told the hearing and the huge TV audience of voters.
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“If we deem elections illegitimate merely because it didn’t go our way, rather than trying to do better the next time, then God help us.
"And if we’re so driven by bigotry and hate that we attack our fellow citizens as traitors if they’re born in another country or they don’t look like us, then...”
Schiff then paused and took several deep breaths in an apparent attempt to regain his composure.
“Then God help us,” he continued.
“But, I have faith, because of folks like you,” Schiff added, still "struggling to speak" clearly.
He turned to Kinzinger and added:
“And, I, I didn’t expect this to be quite so emotional either.
"It must be an Adam thing today.”
He then appeared to regain his composure almost immediately and continued with the anti-Trump hearing, apparently no longer affected by Dunn's words.