Over a dozen congressional Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were ostensibly arrested outside the Supreme Court early Tuesday afternoon after refusing to “cease and desist” from blocking traffic.
Ostensibly in the sense that everything about the so-called “arrests” was completely abnormal. For instance, the Democrats weren’t handcuffed during the arrest, though Ocasio-Cortez and Omar both pretended otherwise.
“Video caught Ocasio-Cortez walking away with a policeman holding her and another protester’s arms, smirking, with her hands behind her back in the typical handcuffs pose, yet she wasn’t cuffed,” according to Fox News.
“At one point, she raised a fist to the crowd in solidarity, confirming she wasn’t being constrained. Omar also could be seen in a video walking away from the protest with her hands behind her back in handcuffs pose, despite not wearing them.”
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) July 19, 2022
Illhan Omar’s “arrest” is as fake as her marriage to her brother pic.twitter.com/4ZKtDAGfHT
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 19, 2022
— Lynese Wallace (@lynesewallace) July 19, 2022
But it gets even more unusual.
Instead of having their mugshots taken, congressional Democrats were allowed to take veritable selfies with the police officers.
“[I]n lieu of mugshots, members of congress arrested are being asked to pose with an officer and their ID for a photo. Many are treating these like a fun celebration, selfies with friendly officers,” CNN’s Edward-Isaac Dovere confirmed.
in lieu of mugshots, members of congress arrested are being asked to pose with an officer and their ID for a photo. Many are treating these like a fun celebration, selfies with friendly officers. Here’s @RepKClark taking hers. pic.twitter.com/k917IUndtt
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) July 19, 2022
Yet despite treating their ostensible arrests “like a fun celebration,” Democrats were quick to virtue-signal on Twitter afterward.
Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow Members of Congress outside the Supreme Court.
I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights! ✊pic.twitter.com/rpFYOGBDf4
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 19, 2022
The Supreme Court will not stop us. Even though they arrested us, we won’t stop our organizing, agitating, and legislating for justice.
We got us. pic.twitter.com/wDHzptEYiQ
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 19, 2022
The extremist Republicans are determined to take us back in time and take away our rights. They can arrest me, but we won’t allow them to arrest freedom. #AbortionIsHealthcare #BansOffOurBodies pic.twitter.com/EhywtkojrM
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) July 19, 2022
Today, Congresswoman Escobar was arrested in front of the Supreme Court for proudly standing in defense of abortion access and reproductive freedom.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) July 19, 2022
It’s not even clear whether any of the Democrats were taken to jail versus simply escorted away from the Supreme Court building.
All that’s known is that “[t]he specific charge under which the arrestees were taken into custody, per the Capitol Police, is ‘crowding, obstructing or incommoding’ (D.C. Code § 22–1307),” as reported by Law & Crime.
The crime is reportedly a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $500.
The blocking of traffic occurred during a pro-abortion rights protest.
“Wearing specially made green bandanas with ‘Won’t Back Down,’ they marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been fenced off for weeks, since shortly after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade,” CNN reported.
“Within two minutes of their arriving, police began ordering them to ‘cease and desist.’ Instead, they sat on the street, and were one by one led off by officers as they chanted, ‘The people, united, will never be divided.'”
Demonstrators are starting to block First Street, NE.
It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests. pic.twitter.com/GBaz4wk8Lx
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) July 19, 2022
The arrests have garnered massive mockery and derision from those on social media who say they were nothing but theatre by America’s privileged elite.
If there is ever talk about privilege, this is really what it looks like..
— Freddy (@LawDawg_32) July 19, 2022
What a nice example from the country’s elite
— Joe-ker (@joe_r_Odonnell) July 19, 2022
This is a photo op. Ignore.
— Ⓖƒғ 匚ẸᔕⓣคŘㄖ (@gcestaro) July 19, 2022
The arrests are as meaningless as the protest. All theater
— NewsBreaker (@dot_comPost) July 19, 2022
The epitome of our government. We pay taxes so they can play dress-up for their own validation.
— Brigitte (@im_mykidsmom) July 20, 2022
Perhaps we could begin nominating politicians for Academy Awards in their supporting or lead roles in a dramatic film? From masking just for the cameras, to fake arrests, to tears at the border…there’s quite a variety of acting abilities https://t.co/EySFBcOcEc
— Kelly S. (@kellyske) July 20, 2022
Criticism has also been aimed at the establishment press for pretending as if the likes of Ocasio-Cortez and Omar had been handcuffed.
Ilhan Omar and AOC performed fake handcuffs because they knew the media would do this: https://t.co/zXlRYAOnPr
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) July 19, 2022
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