Expel These People From Congress Already

Expel These People From Congress Already

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“I
thought
I
was
going
to
die,”
said
Congresswoman

Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez
during
an
Instagram
Live
Tuesday
night.
“You
have
all
of
those
thoughts
where—at
the
end
of
your
life—all
of
these
thoughts
come
rushing
to
you.
And
that’s
what
happened
to
a
lot
of
us
on
Wednesday.”

Ocasio-Cortez
said
she
couldn’t
offer
more
specifics
for
security
reasons,
but
details
of
last
week’s
attack
on
the
Capitol
by
pro-Trump
insurgents
continue
to
trickle
out
in
increasingly
alarming
drips
and
drabs.
During
a

presser
on
Tuesday,
acting
U.S.
Attorney
General
Michael
Sherwin
said,
“the
gamut
of
cases
and
criminal
conduct
we’re
looking
at
is
really
mind-blowing.”
Additionally,
NPR

reports
that
lawmakers
were
briefed
on
security
concerns,
prompting
House
Democrats
to
release
a
statement
saying
they
have
“have
grave
concerns
about
ongoing
and
violent
threats
to
our
democracy.”

That
night,
news
broke
that
the
panic
buttons
in
the
office
of
congresswoman
and
fellow
“Squad”
member
Ayanna
Pressley
had
been
ripped
out.

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From
the

Boston
Globe
:

As
people
rushed
out
of
other
buildings
on
the
Capitol
grounds,
staffers
in
Pressley’s
office
barricaded
the
entrance
with
furniture
and
water
jugs
that
had
piled
up
during
the
pandemic.
Groh
pulled
out
gas
masks
and
looked
for
the
special
panic
buttons
in
the
office.

“Every
panic
button
in
my
office
had
been
torn
out

the
whole
unit,”
she
said, though
they
could
come
up
with
no
rationale
as
to
why.
She
had
used
them
before
and
hadn’t
switched
offices
since
then.

The
fact
that
the
buttons
were
torn
out
prior
to
the
riot
adds
another
sinister
layer
of
alarm,
one
that
wasn’t
stifled
when,
during
a
Facebook
Live
Tuesday
evening,
Rep.
Mikie
Sherrill

alleged
she
saw
some
members
of
Congress
leading
people
through
the
Capitol
the
day
before
the
attack.
She
believes
it
was
“reconnaissance,”
suggesting
that
the
attempted
coup
was
an
inside
job
of
sorts.

“Those
members
of
Congress
that
incited
this
violent
crowd,”
said
Sherrill.
“Those
members
of
Congress
that
attempted
to
help
our
president
undermine
our
democracy;
I’m
going
to
see
they
are
held
accountable,
and
if
necessary,
ensure
that
they
don’t
serve
in
Congress.”

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This,
along
with
reports
that
the
FBI
reportedly
warned
of
violence
prior
to
the
events
of
January
6,
leaves
more
questions
than
answers,
and
serious
concerns
for
the
safety
of
Democratic
lawmakers
moving
forward.

Of
course,

threats
of
violence
against
Democrats—particularly
against
progressive
Democrats
like
Ocasio-Cortez
and
Pressley
as
well
as
Rep.
Ilhan
Omar
and
Rep.
Rashida
Tlaib—have
been

a
constant
for
nearly
two
years
now.
These
threats
have
not
only
been

incited
by
President
Trump’s

nativist
rhetoric
but
by
their

Republican
colleagues
as
well,
some
of
whom

riled
up
the
attackers
moments
before
their
descent
on
the
Capitol.

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From
the

New
York
Times
:

“Today
is
the
day
American
patriots
start
taking
down
names
and
kicking
ass,”
said
Mr.
Brooks,
Republican
of
Alabama
[during
the
Stop
the
Steal
rally
on
the
National
Mall].
“Are
you
willing
to
do
what
it
takes
to
fight
for
America?
Louder!
Will
you
fight
for
America?”

[…]

Representatives
Marjorie
Taylor
Greene
of
Georgia
and
Lauren
Boebert
of
Colorado,
first-term
lawmakers
who
ran
as
outspoken
defenders
of
Mr.
Trump,
referred
to
the
day
as
Republicans’
“1776
moment.”

Representative
Paul
Gosar
of
Arizona,
who
for
weeks
promoted
the
Jan.
6
protest
and
other
“Stop
the
Steal”
events
across
the
country
more
than
a
dozen
times,
repeatedly
referred
to
Mr.
Biden
as
an
“illegitimate
usurper”
and
suggested
that
Mr.
Trump
was
the
victim
of
an
attempted
“coup.”

“Be
ready
to
defend
the
Constitution
and
the
White
House,”
Mr.
Gosar
wrote
in
an
op-ed
titled
“Are
We
Witnessing
a
Coup
d’État?”

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January
6
left
five
people
dead.
It
could
have
been
deadlier,
and
members
of

Congress
are
complicit.
But
while
people
like
Ocasio-Cortez
and
Pressley
relive
the
trauma
of
the
day’s
events,
Republicans
are
busy
bemoaning
new
security
measures
put
in
place
in
the
Capitol.

Rep.
Boebert,
a
Second
Amendment
diehard
who
has
long
vowed
to
carry
a
Glock
with
her
at
work
in
D.C.,
had
an
altercation
with
Capitol
police
Tuesday
night
after
she
refused
to
open
her
purse
after
setting
off
newly
installed
metal
detectors.

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“I
am
legally
permitted
to
carry
my
firearm
in
Washington,
D.C.,
and
within
the
Capitol
complex,”
Boebert

tweeted,
suggesting
that
it
was,
indeed,
a
gun
in
her
purse.
“Metal
detectors
outside
of
the
House
would
not
have
stopped
the
violence
we
saw
last
week

it’s
just
another
political
stunt
by
Speaker
Pelosi.”

Meanwhile,
several
Republican
lawmakers
bypassed
the
metal
detectors
entirely
and
complained
about
them
on
the
House
floor.

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From
the

Washington
Post
:

On
the
House
floor,
Rep.
Greg
Steube
(R-Fla.)
blasted
the
metal
detectors,
calling
them
an
“atrocity”
and
“appalling.”

“Take
note,
America,”
Steube
said.
“This
is
what
you
have
to
look
forward
to
in
the
Joe
Biden
administration.”

Rep.
Jim
Jordan
(R-Ohio)
also
slammed
the
new
security
rules,
claiming
they
restricted
his
constitutional
rights.

Some
GOP
lawmakers
also
turned
their
ire
on
new
rules
that
level
fines
against
members
who
fail
to
wear
a
mask.

Rep.
Tom
McClintock
(R-N.Y.)
and
Rep.
Marjorie
Taylor
Greene
(R-Ga.)
wore
masks
with
protest
messages,
with
McClintock’s
reading
“This
Mask
Is
USELESS”
and
Greene’s
bearing
the
phrase
“MOLON
LABE,”
a
Greek
term
that
translates
to
“come
and
take
[them].”
The
phrase
is
known
to
be
a
rallying
cry
for
the
far
right.

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Whether
this
is
security
theater
or
not,
this
wouldn’t
have
occurred
in
the
first
place
were
it
not
for
the
denial
and
violent
paranoia
that
many
of
them
encouraged.
This
is
a
new
security
state
of
Republicans’
own
making.
It’s
a
point
Rep.
Tlaib
made
on

Twitter:
“Now
they
know
how
HS
students
in
my
district
feel.
Suck
it
up
buttercups.
Y’all
brought
this
on
yourselves.”

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More
galling
than
their
whinging
is
the
fact
that
several
of
them
are
still
allowed
to
remain
members
of
Congress
at
all.
If
collusion
occurred—whether
between
cops
and
the
insurrectionists,
members
of
Congress
and
those
who
disabled
security
measures
prior
to
the
Capitol
attack—then
there
must
be
consequences.
The
fact
that
lawmakers
do
not
feel
safe
in
the
same
room
as
their
colleagues,
concerned
that
they
were
complicit
in
their
potential
assassination,
should
lead
to
the
expulsion
of
the
Republicans
implicated.

But
that’s
too
much
like
making
sense.
Instead,
Americans
who
are
watching
the
details
roll
out
in
horror
will
be
told
that
unity
is
the
only
way
forward
and
that
we
must
move
on
from
last
week’s
saga.
Try
telling
that
to
Ocasio-Cortez.

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“I
did
not
know
if
I
was
going
to
make
it
to
the
end
of
that
day
alive,”
she
said
during
her
Instagram
Live.

How
does
a
woman,
let
alone
a
nation,
move
on
from
that?


Source : Ashley Reese on Politics, shared by Ashley Reese to Jezebel Link

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