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Far-Right Agitator Drowned Out At Hearing By Auctioneer-Turned-Congressman

Far-Right Agitator Drowned Out At Hearing By Auctioneer-Turned-Congressman
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo. (Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 September 2018 06:07 PM

Sometimes it comes in handy not to give up the day job entirely.

A far-right protestor was uniquely silenced at Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing when Rep. Billy Long drowned her out with an auction call, CBS News reported.

After alt-right agitator Laura Loomer stood up in the audience to berate Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who was testifying before the committee, and then refused to stop her interruption, Long, a professional auctioneer before joining Congress, sprang into action.

Long, a Republican from Missouri, gave the call in a booming voice until Loomer was eventually escorted out of the hearing room.

As Loomer departed from the room, Long’s voice suddenly dropped to a normal volume and speed as he said “I yield back,” with the audience erupting in laughter, according to Raw Story.

Before the hearings restarted after Loomer’s interruption, Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden then said, "Somehow I think our auctioneer-in-residence is going to get tweeted about today," CBS reported.

The committee hearing was called because some conservatives contend that Twitter is minimizing the influence of, or blocking, conservatives on its social media platform in an attempt to influence the election. Dorsey denied the charges during hours of questioning.

Loomer has been involved in numerous controversial stunts, including jumping on stage during a performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” to protest “the normalization of political violence against the right,” getting banned by both Uber and Lyft for racist statements, and disrupting the Pulse nightclub mass shooting trial, according to Raw Story.

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Sometimes it comes in handy not to give up the day job entirely.A far-right protestor was uniquely silenced at Wednesday's House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing when Rep. Billy Long drowned her out with an auction call, CBS News reported.
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