Conservative Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah on Tuesday proposed that former President Donald J. Trump get a “muligan” for encouraging an angry gathering of supporters to march on the Jan. 6 on the Capitol.
Lee on Fox News was asked if he thought Mr Trump’s speech was “different” from Democrat comments encouraging their supporters to confront Republicans as the show’s leaders played Democrat video clips, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Cory senator. Booker of New Jersey.
“Look, that’s no different,” Mr. Lee said hours before Trump’s second indictment began in the Senate.
“Look, everyone makes mistakes, everyone has a right to a muligan once in a while,” he said. “And I hope – I hope these individuals will buy a muligan for each of them for these statements.”
None of the Democrat-broadcast statements by Fox resulted in violence.
In golf, a muligan denotes the informal practice that the opponent must allow a second shot after a faulty first swing without imposing a penalty on the official score.
Mr. Lee’s comments received an angry response from Jaime Harrison, the new chairman of the National Democratic Commission. “Mulligan ?! Several died. Hundreds were injured. They threatened to assassinate the U.S. vice president and house president, ”Harrison said wrote on Twitter. – The Capitol Building of our nation has been desecrated. Senator, this is not a damn golf game!
Lee, who served as a clerk for the Conservative Supreme Court judge Samuel Alito, argued that the Constitution did not allow the House Democrats to file a complaint. He said he would vote in favor of the certificate, regardless of the evidence presented at the trial.
An email sent to Mr. Lee’s spokesman asking for an explanation for his comments was not returned immediately. But some of his advocates in social media have said they put more emphasis on the need for civilism on both sides.
As an example of what he saw as a recent violation, Mr. Lee highlighted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, for “personalizing” him when he recently stole his ally, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
“As an individual, I think most of us, almost all of us, love each other very much. However, there is a noticeable debate on some issues, ”Mr Lee said. “And I think one of the antidotes is really controversy and debate.”