You would think that someone who just became a member of Congress would want their first legislative proposal to be meaningful. This doesn’t seem to be the case for Rep. Cori Bush (MO), who proposed the most dimwitted piece of legislation one could imagine this early in 2021.
Newly-elected Cori Bush filed a resolution on Monday calling for the expulsion of every Republican member of the House who pushed back against certifying results of the presidential election. She is essentially claiming that Congress should expel these members for taking actions that are fully legal to express their problems with the electoral college results from certain states.
Bush told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Democrats “have to send a clear message that this is not what our democracy is.” She added, “We won’t allow it to be, and we’re stopping it in its tracks.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, (R-MO) has taken the brunt of the criticism for lodging his objections to parts of the electoral vote. Democrats and left-wing media activists have pilloried him for supposedly contributing to the incitement of violence. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called for the expulsion of Republican lawmakers. He said the Senate Ethics Committee “must consider the expulsion, or censure and punishment, of Sens. Cruz, Hawley, and perhaps others.”
Bush told a local ABC News outlet, “I will say that this was not a resolution that I expected to be our number one, but it is very necessary that right now.”
Soon after introducing the measure, she tweeted, “under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, investigate and expel the GOP members of Congress who attempted to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist attack.”
“Our democracy cannot be attacked — especially from within — and we do nothing,” she added.
In an attempt to make this proposal seem significant, Washington University School of Law professor Greg Magarian said, “This is certainly a power that the house and the senate have — that is well known — but it is by no means common. This is a really big deal.”
The professor also stated, “I don’t think they [Republican representatives] are going to be working with Cori Bush a whole lot, whether she is ‘sunshine and unicorns’ with them or whether she is calling for their expulsion.”
Bush’s proposal would only apply to the house if passed, but according to KSDK, “some say that includes Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, seen before the riots giving pro-Trump crowds outside the Capitol a fist pump of support.”
Nothing starts a riot like a fist pump, right?
Despite the protestations coming from the left, this measure will likely go nowhere, even with a Democrat-controlled House. Bush’s tactic here is just another part of the Democrats’ “throw everything against the wall and see what sticks” strategy. The left seeks to take full advantage of the riots that took place at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.
Unfortunately for them, the Democrats’ tendency to go over-the-top in these situations is starting to make itself evident over the past week. After the far-left launched a campaign to purge conservative voices online and destroy social media company Parler, the Democrats launched another impeachment attempt that will not be heard until after President Trump is already out of office.
The Democrats and their close friends and allies in the activist media don’t seem to understand how their reaction to last weeks’ events could easily backfire. Trying to remove over 100 Republican lawmakers from the House is a foolhardy idea, especially considering the fact that they clearly were not responsible for what transpired on Jan. 6. But they just can’t help themselves, can they?
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