GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera

Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungDon Young dismissed 'beer virus,' told seniors to 'go forth with everyday activities' Pelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' 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 JayapalPelosi says House will review Senate coronavirus stimulus package Critical supplies shortage hampers hospitals, health providers Washington state lawmakers warn health workers running low on protective gear 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 PelosiMnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus Graham: Pelosi comment on Trump is 'most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history' The coronavirus pandemic versus the climate change emergency MORE (D-Calif.) in September launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' 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 BidenCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Unions urge Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against Defense Production Act 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.