Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHow lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation Overnight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling Connolly rips Wilson over 'you lie' during Blinken hearing MORE (D-Va.) on Monday blasted Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonOvernight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling Connolly rips Wilson over 'you lie' during Blinken hearing Taliban seizes Kandahar as advance picks up speed MORE (R-S.C.) over his "You lie," interruption in 2009 of a speech by former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Biden congratulates Trudeau for winning third term as Canadian prime minister Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling MORE to Congress, arguing he had little standing to now criticize Biden officials of lying.
The remarks from Connolly came during a contentious hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the troubled U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Diplomats express 'frustration' to Blinken over Havana syndrome skepticism: report Biden's post-Afghanistan focus on China is mostly positive so far MORE came under tough questioning from Wilson and other Republicans on the panel.
“I guess I would say to my friend from South Carolina, if I were the member of Congress who committed one of the most grievous acts at a State of the Union address, when the president of the United States, Mr. Obama, was our guest, to shout out ‘you lie,’ I might take more care about enumerating other alleged lies in a hearing with the secretary of State,” Connolly said after Wilson's remarks.
Wilson criticized the Biden administration's pullout as a “surrender in Afghanistan” and read an editorial from the New York Post that accused President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE and other officials of lying about the withdrawal.
Rep. Connolly to Rep. Wilson: "If I were the member of Congress who committed one of the most grievous acts in a State of the Union address... to shout out, "you lie," I might take more care about enumerating other alleged lies in a hearing with the secretary of state." pic.twitter.com/zmvlZ16LC3— The Hill (@thehill) September 13, 2021
He also called on Blinken to resign.
Connolly pushed back on GOP criticisms of the administration’s handling of Afghanistan, calling it a “salad mix of selective facts.”
Wilson is best known for his outburst during the debate over Obama's health care plan when he shouted "you lie" to the president as he addressed a joint session of Congress.
The breaking of protocol during Obama's speech was breathtaking at the time, though more than a decade later the general civility in Washington, D.C., and in Congress specifically has fallen further than where it stood in 2009.