- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Rep. Lou Correa got into a verbal altercation with a group of Trump supporters who accosted him at Dulles International Airport last week following the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, video shows.

Mr. Correa, a California Democrat, told CNN he was prepared to come to blows with the group who screamed profanities at him and accused him of being a liar.

“Does China fund you?” one man asked the congressman. “We the people, not you the elitists!”

At one point in the video, originally posted on Instagram by one of the protesters, a man with a bandana covering his face gets within inches of the congressman’s face and angrily asks, “Who are you?”

“Who are you?” Mr. Correa responded.

“I’m me, motherf—-er,” the man fired back.

“And I’m me, too!” Mr. Correa replied.

“Yeah?” the man asked.

“Yeah!” the congressman affirmed.

“Guys, let’s get home!” a calmer protester interjected from off camera.

Mr. Correa said Monday he was prepared to fight if it became necessary.

“Stand my ground, not let them run me over and get ready for a major fight,” he told CNN in an interview.

“It was going to be turning violent,” he said. “It wasn’t a fear. It was just a matter of waiting for the first punch to happen.”

“They picked me out, and boy, they came at me,” he added.

“I don’t blame them,” he said. “I blame the president because the president is the most powerful man in the world.” 

Mr. Correa said airport security eventually broke up the fight. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman Micah Lillard told CNN there are no arrests related to the incident. 

“It shocked me that in an airport with all that security, this kind of an altercation took place,” Mr. Correa said. “I’ve always thought of airports as being the most secure place in America to be in.”

Multiple lawmakers, including Sens. Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham, have been harassed by Trump supporters in airports in the days surrounding Jan. 6, when insurrectionists who falsely believe the president won reelection violently stormed the U.S. Capitol and temporarily halted the certification of President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s Electoral College win. The mayhem ended in the deaths of five people, including two Capitol Police officers.

*Warning: Video contains graphic language*

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