O.J. Simpson Says GOP Lawmakers 'Gaslighting' Americans With January 6 Lies

O.J. Simpson, the former NFL star who was famously acquitted in a 1995 double-murder trial, fully embraced his newfound role as political pundit Friday when he accused Washington lawmakers of "gaslighting" Americans about the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Simpson's latest self-recorded video posted on Friday urged Americans to believe what Capitol police officers have described about the deadly riot. Simpson did not cite any specific members of Congress as he ridiculed lawmakers for appearing on cable TV news to "lie" about the insurrection being a non-violent demonstration.

Simpson, 73, noted that several of the alleged rioters who were arrested for storming the Capitol have specifically said that former President Donald Trump's White House directed them to carry out the attack.

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Simpson said the hundreds of since-arrested insurrection participants were "wrong," but reiterated that many say they were simply "following the directions" of the White House.

"I stopped watching cable news because of these senators, congressmen rather, trying to gaslight us that what we saw didn't happen, that it was a love fest between the cops and the insurrectionists," Simpson said in a tweet that blasted "gaslighting politicians."

The ex-NFL star said Americans should ignore any politician who is denying the violence of January 6 and asked that they instead listen to the police officers who were actually present during the attacks.

"Come on guys, this is like George Orwell's book 1984, 'don't believe what you see or hear, just believe what we tell you.' That seems like what these guys are trying to do to us. Trying to just lie. To make us believe them just because they are in office," Simpson continued. "We saw it with our own two eyes. Have you listened to these police officers saying how much they feared for their lives? One guy had to bring up the fact he had kids, the one guy we saw screaming in the door."

"Plus, get this, all the ones that were arrested, their defense isn't that they didn't do it, their defense is they were following the directions of the White House. They know they did it. They were wrong, and of course nobody in the White House is on their side right now except all these congressmen trying to feed us, gaslight us, with these lies."

During a recent House hearing to discuss whether to further investigate the insurrection, Georgia GOP Congressman Andrew Clyde downplayed the events of that January day he compared to a "normal tourist visit." He joined a number of other Republican lawmakers in Congress in denying that Trump supporters were the ones responsible for the attacks.

"Let's be honest with the American people — it was not an insurrection, and we cannot call it that and be truthful," said Clyde during a Wednesday hearing

Newsweek reached out to representatives for Simpson and Clyde Saturday afternoon.

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O.J. Simpson attends a parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson urged Americans to listen to the U.S. Capitol police officers who were attacked and not the "gaslighting" politicians claiming the insurrection was non-violent. JASON BEAN - pool/Getty Images