Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) could soon be censured by his House colleagues over his outrageous stunt of illegally pulling a fire alarm to shut down a House vote.
The volatile male “Squad” member got off with a slap on the wrist over the September incident when he was caught on surveillance video yanking on the alarm as lawmakers were scrambling to pass a stopgap funding bill to keep the federal government running, causing a brief evacuation of the building.
But his name could soon have the same mark of shame as his fellow Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rashida Tlaib (R-MI) if one GOP lawmaker has anything to do about it.
On Tuesday, Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) filed a privileged resolution, forcing a vote on the formal rebuke of the oafish Democrat within two days, a display of persistence after her previous efforts to punish Bowman for his actions failed to make it to the House floor.
Today, I introduced a PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION to censure Representative Bowman for knowingly causing a false alarm of a fire while the House worked to avert a government shutdown.
Nobody is above the law, Congressmen included. pic.twitter.com/nMfgOq8uxv
— Representative Lisa McClain (@RepLisaMcClain) December 5, 2023
“The actions of Representative Bowman forced the evacuation of the Cannon House Office Building and disrupted the work of the Congress as a vote was underway on the floor of the House,” reads the resolution which was initially introduced in October.
“The interruption of official proceedings of Congress by pulling a fire alarm was a theatrical attempt to cause panic, therefore endangering the safety and well-being of Members of the House, of staff, and members of the public on the Capitol grounds,” the resolution adds, pointing out that Bowman violated the Washington, D.C. criminal code.
Bowman claimed that it was a mistake and that he never intended to disrupt Congress but few were buying his excuse, especially considering his history of emotional meltdowns, including menacing Republican lawmakers, Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who feared for her safety when he whipped up a mob against her earlier this year.
The former teacher and principal – who would know what a fire alarm was and how it worked – was charged with a misdemeanor for his actions to which he pleaded guilty and received a sweetheart deal of a three-month deferred sentence, a paltry $1,000 fine and an agreement to write a letter of apology to the Capitol Police.
The lenient treatment given to Bowman drew complaints about the two-tiered system of justice that currently exists in America where there are two sets of rules. One for conservatives – especially supporters of former President Donald J. Trump – and one for Democrats and their leftist shock troops who are protected by the system.
“He’s been convicted of a crime. George Santos wasn’t. He’s pled guilty to a crime. George Santos has not been convicted of anything,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) recently told the Daily Caller, suggesting that Bowman deserves to be expelled from Congress.
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