(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) Fervent conservatives are demanding the immediate arrest of a Democratic lawmaker, also a member of the socialist “Squad” after he pulled a fire alarm an hour before House Republicans passed a critical stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown.
BREAKING: Democrat Representative Jamaal Bowman allegedly committed a felony by pulling a fire alarm to delay the congressional vote to fund the government.
Bowman was reportedly caught on camera pulling the fire alarm which is in violation of 1512(c)(2) “obstruction of an… pic.twitter.com/De8JcfvZdv
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 30, 2023
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., was caught on security footage pulling the fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building, triggering an emergency evacuation and thus delaying the Republican-led proceeding.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. a prominent House Republican, explicitly accused Bowman of intentionally pulling the fire alarm. However, Bowman has since claimed that the act was a mistake, stating, “I thought the alarm would open the door.”
This excuse, however, has done little to appease his critics, who are calling for swift consequences.
Leading the charge, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., firmly called for immediate charges. “I’m calling on the DOJ to prosecute him using the same law they used to prosecute J6 defendants for interfering with an official proceeding,” Greene said.
Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled the fire alarm in the Cannon building this afternoon and interrupted the official proceedings of the House as Republicans worked to keep the government open.
I’m calling on the DOJ to prosecute him using the same law they used to prosecute J6… pic.twitter.com/KlXjwVrkc1
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) September 30, 2023
“The Democrats literally will do anything to shut OUR government down because billions aren’t going to their favorite country: Ukraine,” the Georgia lawmaker added.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., pledged to introduce a resolution calling for his expulsion from Congress. “his is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school. This action warrants expulsion & I’m introducing a resolution to do just that,” she said on Twitter.
This is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school. This action warrants expulsion & I’m introducing a resolution to do just that. https://t.co/rfnLDzFHmK
— Office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (@RepMalliotakis) September 30, 2023
Joining the chorus of voices, Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., questioned the potential lack of consequences.
“How is it that Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) can pull a fire alarm during a vote, which is clearly ‘interfering with a legislative proceeding,’ and there be no ramifications?” he questioned. “Yet, protestors from across the country who came to Washington on January 6th are serving hard time in prison for doing less.”
How is it that Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) can pull a fire alarm during a vote, which is clearly “interfering with a legislative proceeding,” and there be no ramifications?
Yet, protestors from across the country who came to Washington on January 6th are serving hard time in prison… pic.twitter.com/U4otQUPUAN
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) September 30, 2023
Even political commentators on social media also weighed in. Collin Rugg, the co-founder of Trending Politics, asserted that Bowman’s act constitutes a felony. Specifically, Rugg cited penal code 1512(c)(2) which makes it a crime to obstruct an “official proceeding.”
Political commentator Benny Johnson echoed the sentiments, demanding, “ARREST & Prosecute Rep. Bowman IMMEDIATELY!”
Despite Bowman’s alleged action, the stopgap bill in question was ultimately passed by House Republicans, marking a major victory for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. If approved, it will avert a government shutdown for approximately 45 days.