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Florida House Republicans compare a Democratic protest against redistricting to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol

Republican state lawmakers in Florida are comparing a Democratic protest over the state’s controversial new congressional map, which will eliminate two districts held by Black Democrats, to the violent January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

“What occurred there was far worse than what happened on January 6,” Republican state Rep. Randy Fine told Insider after the vote on the map. “There’s no question. January 6 was a bunch — was a few hundred clowns who acted like idiots in the Capitol. Nothing was ever at risk. These are actually elected members of the legislature attempting to impede its function. It’s far worse. These are constitutional officers who’ve literally violated their oath of office.”

Chanting “stop the Black attack,” Florida House Democratic lawmakers staged a sit-in over the controversial redistricting bill, which was designed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and will eliminate two of the state’s four districts represented by Black Democrats and create four more GOP-leaning districts. 

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