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Chuck Norris denies he was at the US Capitol riot: 'There is no room for violence'

A photograph that appeared to show the actor taking a selfie with a Trump supporter has made the rounds on Twitter

Chuck Norris says a lookalike was present at the Capitol siege, not him. AP Photo
Chuck Norris says a lookalike was present at the Capitol siege, not him. AP Photo

"Chuck Norris" was a trending topic on Twitter on Tuesday, January 12 after a photograph of a man resembling the actor, taking a selfie with a Trump supporter, was taken at the violent siege on the US Capitol last week.

People took to the social media platform to question whether or not it was indeed the 80-year-old Hollywood actor and martial arts legend.

Bruce Lee, right, and Chuck Norris, during the filming of 'The Way of the Dragon'
Bruce Lee, right, and Chuck Norris, during the filming of 'The Way of the Dragon'.

The Walker, Texas Ranger star quickly kicked these rumours to the curb, writing on his own Twitter account: "I recently learnt there was a Chuck Norris lookalike at the DC Capitol riots. It wasn't me and I wasn't there. There is no room for violence of any kind in our society. I am and always will be for law and order."

Norris's manager, Erik Kritzer, also told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the conservative star was nowhere near the riot.

"Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family," he said, acknowledging the man did resemble Norris, but that "Chuck is much more handsome".

Some Twitter users seemed to spot the difference. "I don't think that's him," wrote one. "Chuck Norris has blue eyes, this guy has dark brown eyes."

"I have no doubt Chuck Norris is MAGA but this guy isn't him," wrote one Twitter user. "Very good lookalike but too young."

While Norris is a longtime Republican who backed President Trump in 2016, he has made his views on the violent siege very clear.

In a blog post titled Dissent: The highest form of patriotism, he wrote: "My wife, Gena, and I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the Capitol police officer and other lives lost in the US Capitol last week.

"Regardless of where you land in your politics, it is profoundly heart-wrenching these Americans died. We join the majority of Americans across our land in praying for a better and more united way forward for all of us."

Updated: January 13, 2021 12:54 PM

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