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Andrew RT Davies MS criticised for Tweets

Written by on 7th January 2021

A row has broken out following remarks made on Wednesday night on social media by a member of the Senedd representing South Wales Central.

As both Wales On-line and the BBC report, a tweet from Andrew RT Davies seemed to compare the reason for protesters storming the US Capitol building to people who supported calls for a second
Brexit referendum here in the UK.


As the scenes in Washington unfolded on tv news channels he responded to a tweet by UK Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer describing “horrendous scenes” in Washington as “a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people” by tweeting “To be honest
I’m not sure you’re in the strongest position right now given you campaigned to overturn democracy and the will of the British people.”


The comment was widely condemned by politicians from different parties including some Conservatives and calls made for the former Welsh Conservative Leader, who is currently their spokesman on health to resign.
Labour Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said Mr Davies’ tweet was a “disgrace”, and that “equating democratic political debate with an armed, violent assault on the Capitol validates violence.”


Mr Davies later tweeted: “As I said earlier, the scenes that are coming out of Washington tonight are awful. They are completely unacceptable and an affront to democracy everywhere. Thankfully, elections in this country have never resulted in appalling incidents like those we have seen this
evening, that violence must never be tolerated and that he’d work with politicians of all persuasions to ensure we never see scenes like those in Washington in this country. No one should be in any doubt about my position on this”, he said.