Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona state house, gave emotional testimony on Tuesday about the impact his role in defying the plan to reverse the election results in his state had on him and his family. point, reading a passage from his personal diary about friends who had turned against him.
When he appeared at the House Select Committee’s fourth public hearing, Bowers flared up as he discussed the impact protests in this house had on his wife and daughter, who were at the time seriously ill at home and “distressed by what was happening.” happened outside.” †
“It’s the new pattern or pattern in our lives to worry about what’s going to happen on Saturday because different groups are coming along,” Bowers said. “They had video panel trucks with videos of me calling me a pedophile and a pervert and a corrupt politician.”
On one occasion, Bowers said, among the protesters was an armed man who appeared to be associated with the far-right militant group the Three Percenters.
“There was a gentleman with the three bars on his chest and he had a gun and was threatening my neighbor,” Bowers said.
Previously, reading from a December 2020 post he wrote in his personal journal, Bowers became emotional as he described losing friends as a result of his position and how his faith helped him make decisions.
“It’s painful to have friends who have helped me so much, who turn against me with such resentment,” Bowers said.
“I may not, in the eyes of people, have the right opinion or act according to their view or beliefs, but I do not take this current situation in a light, fearful or vindictive way. I do not want to be a winner by cheating,” he said.
Hear Bowers read his December 2020 diary entry during Trump’s press campaign: