GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera

Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungRepublicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera 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 JayapalHouse to investigate Trump 'Remain in Mexico' policy Democrats don't expect to do 2020 budget House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks 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 PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) in September launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' 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.