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Conservative Senedd Member appears to equate Remain campaign with Capitol Hill rioters

06 Jan 2021 2 minute read
Andrew RT Davies

A Conservative Senedd Member has told Keir Starmer that he cannot credibly condemn rioters on the US Capitol because he supported the Remain campaign.

The Labour leader had condemned the rioters as a “direct attack on democracy”. Thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump had breached the Capitol, where lawmakers were meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

But he was told by Andrew RT Davies: “To be honest I’m not sure you’re in the strongest position right now given you campaigned to overturn democracy and the will of the British people.”

He was referring to Keir Starmer’s advocacy of a second Brexit referendum while in previous Labour leader’s Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

Fellow Senedd Member, Labour’s Alun Davies, responded to Andrew RT Davies: “If Andrew RT Davies does not understand the difference between democratic debate and a difference of opinion and what we are seeing in Washington this evening then I wonder if he understands democracy at all.”

Andrew RT Davies responded: “The scenes in Washington are a disgrace as I’ve said and all stem from politicians – like your good self – who refuse to accept the results of democratic elections.

“A refusal to accept democratic results is wrong be it in USA, UK or Wales.”

Former First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “Right-wing extremists are at this moment occupying the Capitol. Somebody has been shot. Police officers are injured. Democratically elected politicians are in hiding and this is what you say?”

Andrew RT Davies had previously supported Trump’s election, calling it “another bloody nose for the political establishment” in 2016.

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