Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said the Democratic chairwoman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has made a “threat to civil liberties” by pushing for prejudiced treatment of Americans with “unpopular political views,” according to a press release.
The chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, sent letters to 24 busing, car rental and hotel businesses. She asked them to cancel reservations for conservatives who want to travel or reside in Washington, DC, according to a press release.
Maloney also asked these companies to help identify the people who entered the US Capitol on the day Congress met to count the widely disputed Electoral College votes.
“Trump supporters chartered scores of buses and vans and drove in caravans to the nation’s capital,” she wrote to companies including Greyhound, Hertz and Marriott.
“They stayed in D.C. hotels, with videos showing attackers relaxing in the lobby of one hotel after the insurrection,” she continued.
Maloney told the companies that the people involved in the attack—some of whom appear to be affiliated with Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other leftist anti-government groups—should be considered “domestic terrorists” and prevented from “using their services to support further violence.”
The letters have the effect, however, of disgracing the hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters who gathered peacefully and restrained themselves from coordinated action—despite Democrats’ sustained assault on the Constitution.
Comey warned about the precedent that will be set by Maloney’s call for private business to discriminate and spy on Americans based on their political beliefs.
“Your letter is a veiled threat to private business—no matter how large or how small—that they may be hauled before Congress unless they deputize themselves as law enforcement and start to surveil, censor, and police their customers,” he wrote.
Comey said Maloney has “created a slippery slope by opening the door to private business excluding vast swaths of the population from utilizing their services based merely on stereotypes of unpopular political views or because their travel may correspond with political events.”
Private businesses would become, in effect, government-sponsored spy agencies if they implemented Maloney’s demand to “develop and put in place additional screening measures to ensure that your services are not being used to facilitate violence or domestic terrorism.”
These screening measures would require invasions of privacy unknown in American life and arbitrary discrimination, since conservatives and progressives do not abide by the same definition of domestic terrorism.
Rather than threaten businesses and political opponents, Comey said Congress “should be doubling down on protecting the rights to freedom of speech and peaceably assemble.”
Instead of protecting these rights, the Washington Establishment had to suspend the First Amendment and call in the military to install Joe Biden’s regime.
“Congress should examine the January 6 attacks to help determine what procedural or legislative changes may be needed to prevent a similar intrusion from ever happening again,” Comey wrote.
“We must not, however, let the passions resulting from those events justify government overreach at the expense of our core values, embedded in the Constitution for over 230 years,” he continued.