After last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, Democrat members of Congress are expressing something once unthinkable: that some of their own colleagues may be endangering their lives. Not in a rhetorical sense, but in a direct and immediate way.
Democrats incite violence against Conservatives
“It’s the most poisonous I’ve ever seen,” Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said in an interview. “There’s the overall sense that maybe if some of them have guns — and likely the ones who are more into conspiracy theories and QAnon with the pedophilic satanic rings — are we safe from them?”
Since the riot Jan. 6, lawmakers have suggested — without any evidence — that far-right colleagues may have helped plan or guide the attack. There are particular concerns about some newly elected members who have declared their loyalty to President Trump.
One House freshman is pushing to carry firearms on Capitol grounds, and another recounts being armed during the attack, further putting their colleagues on edge. With the support of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., security officials have installed metal detectors outside the House floor, causing tension among some Republicans and effectively suggesting that members themselves may pose a danger.
Democrats are outraged at 147 Republicans who they say abided by the rioters’ calls and voted to overturn the election results even after the violent attack on the Capitol which left five people dead and forced lawmakers to hide in their offices and safe rooms.
But, Beyer said, the issue “that has the greater emotional impact is the sense that there’s perhaps actual physical danger from our colleagues.”
With lawmakers traumatized, hundreds of members of the National Guard sleeping in congressional hallways and warnings from authorities about continued threats, suspicion and rumor are running rampant.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has said she feared for her life, in part because she doubted the motives of unnamed colleagues who were sheltering with her.
“There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers, and frankly white supremacist members of Congress, in that extraction point who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.,” Ocasio-Cortez, a highly visible progressive and frequent target of conservative media, said in a speech Tuesday streamed live on Instagram.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., has said she saw lawmakers holding tours around the Capitol the day before the attack, which she said she believes may have been part of a “reconnaissance” effort for the rioters. There is no evidence of such wrongdoing of course, and Sherrill has not publicly disclosed any names. But she and over 30 other Democrats have signed on to a letter asking authorities to investigate the claim.
“I was flat on the ground as other members were calling loved ones because they thought that might be the last phone call they made,” Sherrill said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “To imagine that colleagues of mine could have aided and abetted this is incredibly offensive, and there is simply no way they can be allowed to continue to serve in Congress.”
Democrats sure have short memories. All year they have been inciting riots and calling for “unrest in the streets.” BLM and Antifa have caused a billion dollars worth of property damage and murdered dozens of people, including police officers and innocent children. Now that the riots show up on their doorstep, they call in the National Guard and demand a full scale FBI investigation. The Left does not care about us.
Remember, Kamala Harris started a bail fund to help free rioters in Minneapolis. Democrats tell you that you don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself, but they currently have 30,000 M4 rifles protecting them! Such hypocrites. Watch this shocking video below.
Remember this video forever
— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) January 12, 2021
Capitol riots divide the Congress
A trio of GOP freshmen have drawn particular attention and concern from colleagues: Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
Some lawmakers have suggested that Boebert, a Second Amendment advocate, may have deliberately revealed Pelosi’s location during the Capitol attack on Twitter. Boebert also tweeted “Today is 1776” the morning of the rally.
The concerns are not limited to Democrats. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., called Boebert “culpable” in the attack in an interview with National Journal, citing her tweet about Pelosi.
Boebert has denied any involvement in the assault, including claims that she sought to draw attention to Pelosi’s whereabouts, saying her tweet was posted after Pelosi had moved on and did not mention her secure location. In a statement, she told NBC News that she is “not a follower or believer of QAnon and I have repeatedly disavowed it.”
Boebert has also resisted new metal detectors in her high-profile push to carry guns through the Capitol. Members are not allowed to have guns on the House floor.
The Democrat’s agenda is clear. Patriots will be labeled as “domestic terrorists” and “white supremacists.” They want to disarm us and ban us from associating online. Dark days ahead. Stay strong patriots. We will get through this.
The 2017 attack on the Capitol pic.twitter.com/SHNXwUy9ja
— America-Loving Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 12, 2021