GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera

Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera Hundreds turn out for London's first transgender equality march MORE (R-Alaska) on Thursday head-butted a camera after people with the progressive group MoveOn trailed him down a congressional hallway to an elevator, persistently asking whether it was acceptable for a foreign government to interfere in a U.S. election.

The entire episode was captured by MoveOn in a video.


Young, 86, and an aide can be seen in the clip walking down the hallway as they are peppered with the same question. An aide repeatedly tells the man asking questions to Young that he can call a press secretary for answers.

Young is silent during most of the clip until he reaches an elevator and raises his arms with a look of exasperation on his face. 

The camera then shows Young, his glasses perched on his nose, walking directly to a second person with a camera with a blank look on his face.

He then head-butts the camera; his glasses can be heard hitting it.

"There you go," Young says.

The man questioning Young doesn't miss a beat.

"Is that an acceptable thing, to ask foreign governments to interfere in our elections," he asks Young, who can be seen repeatedly pressing the "down" button for the elevator.

"Just asking the same question over and over again is not going to get you anywhere," an aide responded, before again encouraging the individuals to contact the lawmaker's office. 

The MoveOn clip that captured the moment ends with the doors closing on the MoveOn representative, who continued to ask his question. 

Young's office and MoveOn did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the encounter from The Hill. 

Young, the longest-serving member in Congress, on Thursday voted against a House resolution establishing rules for open hearings and the questioning of witnesses in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. The congressman said in a statement that the process was a “political stunt by House Democrats.”

Young has had a history of being cantankerous during his long tenure in Congress. The interaction between him and members of MoveOn comes just months after the GOP congressman apologized to a reporter for physically shoving her.

Politico's Melanie Zanona tweeted in April that Young had shoved her and told her to "get out of his way 'damnit' " as she tried to interview another lawmaker.

She said two hours later that Young had called her to personally apologize, and that she "very much" appreciated it. 

Young also apologized to Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Dozens of lawmakers call for government surveillance reforms Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (D-Wash.) in April 2017 after swearing at her and telling her she didn't “know a damn thing what she’s talking about," The Washington Post noted

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) in September launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE following a wave of revelations about his interactions with Ukraine. The inquiry is centered around a whistleblower complaint that accuses Trump of pressuring the leader of Ukraine to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and his son. 

A White House memorandum of the leaders' July 25 phone call confirms several aspects of the complaint, including Trump's request for a probe into Biden and his son.