In one of her first actions as a freshman congresswoman on Wednesday, Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) drafted a resolution calling for any Republican who objected to the results of the Electoral College to be permanently expelled. Bush, who is a Black Lives Matter radical who campaigned on a platform of police defunding and abolition, appeared to find within herself a newfound respect for the rule of law as she witnessed the Capitol being overtaken by a mob of Trump rallygoers.
“I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences,” Bush tweeted. “They have broken their sacred Oath of Office. I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion.”
Bush revisited her pledge later, after fellow Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) maintained his commitment to object to the electors from Pennsylvania.
“Josh Hawley said he was doing this for the people of Missouri. Let me tell you something, Josh. You are supposed to represent St. Louis too, but you do not speak for us,” Bush tweeted. “You have blood on your hands, and that’s why I’m calling for your removal from Congress.”
While Bush’s history of anti-law-and-order rhetoric makes her a laughable spokesperson for peace, she wasn’t the only one insisting that Hawley, Ted Cruz, and President Trump take responsibility for the ugly scene at the Capitol on Wednesday.
“The Trump-Hawley-Cruz insurrection against constitutional government will be an indelible stain on the nation,” wrote columnist George Will. “They, however, will not be so permanent. In 14 days, one of them will be removed from office by the constitutional processes he neither fathoms nor favors. It will take longer to scrub the other two from public life. Until that hygienic outcome is accomplished, from this day forward, everything they say or do or advocate should be disregarded as patent attempts to distract attention from the lurid fact of what they have become. Each will wear a scarlet ‘S’ as a seditionist.”
Ah. So does this mean that we can finally hold Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and, Cori Bush responsible for the mayhem and violence we witnessed this year in Minneapolis, Portland, Kenosha, St. Louis, and elsewhere? Or is this the kind of double standard that we’ve become so used to seeing on the left? (And yes, George Will has fully thrown his lot in with the left, no matter what he might say to the contrary).
To take it from the other side: If it is a matter of sedition for lawmakers to object to the Electoral College results, then what exactly is the point of Congress certifying it in the first place?
There have been a lot of bad takes about Wednesday’s chaos, but surely saying that Cruz and Hawley have “blood on their hands” is one of the worst.