Representative Barry Moore discusses new experiences, Capitol riots
NEWTON, Ala. (WTVY) - United States Representative Barry Moore (R-AL) is back home in the Wiregrass this weekend.
We caught up with Moore in Newton this morning to talk about his experience so far in Washington D.C.
Moore says while he’s been at the capitol, he’s making positive relationships and learning how the process works. He’s also experiencing a lot of firsts, like addressing the House floor.
He says it’s a challenging time for our nation after the Capitol riots and following President Donald Trump’s second impeachment.
Moore says he plans to continue to work with leadership to restore confidence of the people to the political process and to keep fighting for Alabamians.
“I worked in the state in the legislature, but it was a microcosmic process compared to what it is in D.C,” Moore said. “And it truly is a swamp. My heart hurts for the people a lot of times because they’re lost in the process and the politics of it. So we want to make sure that I learn the process, that I work well with leadership and hopefully we can do some good things in the district and restore some of the confidence of the people to the political process, which has been lost.”
Moore also he’s supportive of the peaceful protests. But when those protests turn into riots, those who commit the crime should be arrested for it.
“My concern is, and I’ve said it all along, it’s been going on well since President Trump was sworn in January 20th, 2017,” Moore said. “The riots started that day with the burning cars and breaking glass. We have to start arresting people. It’s okay to peacefully protest. You have a first amendment right, you got the freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Those things we must protect, regardless of if we agree with it or not. But once it becomes violent, if they break a window, or if they set something to fire, you arrest them right then because it has gone on for a long period of time. The “summer of love” they called it, as cities were burning and cars were being tipped over, the police were being attacked, we have to start enforcing the laws of the land. We have to have orderly protests. Its okay to protest, and I’m good with that. But don’t start tearing up property, regardless of what color your shirt is, what hat you may be wearing, when you break the law, you should be arrested at that point.”
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