Opinion: Rep. Andy Biggs is almost apoplectic over the House hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection. Perhaps one of the bombshells dropped in Thursday’s hearing explains why.
By Laurie Roberts |Arizona Republic
As expected, the shadow of Arizona loomed large during the first House hearing into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on our nation’s Capitol and our way of life.
There were the oh-so Proud Boys from our state, identifiable by their orange hats and armbands that day as they ripped down barricades and attacked Capitol police.
There were the fake electors, engaged not in some symbolic protest as first thought but as co-conspirators in a coordinated plot to overturn democracy. People like state GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, and Jim Lamon, who is now hoping we will elect him to the U.S. Senate, and state Rep. Jake Hoffman and former Rep. Anthony Kern, who is running for the Legislature, having been turned out by voters two years ago.
And there was the nearly apoplectic Rep. Andy Biggs, who earlier in the day took to the House floor – the very place where 17 months ago Capitol police had to draw their guns to hold back the mob – and called Thursday’s hearing “an illegitimate show trial”.
Biggs is more concerned about the size of tortillas
A scene from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol when it was stormed by protesters.
A Democrat-engineered distraction from that which America cares most about:
The price of tortillas.
“They don’t want you talking about, ‘Hey, the size of that pack of tortillas that I just bought last week before it came out, it used to look like the regular corn tortillas, now they look like mini tortillas,’ ” Biggs said.
“Same price, the same packaging,” he continued. “They don’t want you talking about that.”
Rep. Biggs, trust me when I say that Americans can multi-task. We can – and do – worry about staggering inflation and the fact that you now have to take out a bank loan to fill up your gas tank.
But quite a lot of us also worry these days about the future of democracy and the shattering of a centuries-old tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.