GOP Now Taking Action to Boot Bowman After He Pulled Fire Alarm, as Old Tweet Comes Back to Haunt Him
The House passed a temporary 45-day measure to keep the government open on Saturday.
But amid that drama, we had the additional drama of Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulling the fire alarm. He admits he did it. But now he's trying to claim that he "thought the alarm would open the door." He shouldn't be making statements, as he could potentially be charged. But that's just nonsensical. He's been in Congress for a while, and he was a school principal. He knows the difference between an alarm and how to open a door.
The problem for him is he's in an untenable position to defend: he did something incredibly stupid and got caught, on camera before the world. But stupidity isn't an excuse for breaking the law, and we're going to see if there are truly any consequences for a Democrat. Are we fully in the two-tiered system where he will get a pass -- even when he does something for all the world to see?
People lit him up on social media with his actions, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) calling for him to be prosecuted.
It's not clear yet what the legal consequences might be for Bowman. The Capitol Police is now investigating the incident.
Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said he wanted to see the video, when he was grilled by reporters. That shows you how much they will spin.
Bowman admitted it, guys, so that ship has sailed.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is calling for an ethics investigation into Bowman.
McCarthy said it would be interesting to see what the response to this would be, given how people have been treated in the past "if they've done something wrong in [the] Capitol."
Politico's Olivia Beavers, who broke the story originally, said that members were taking action to censure and/or expel Bowman for his actions.
"Rep.Malliotakis (R-NY) is drafting a resolution to have Rep. Bowman expelled, her spox Natalie Baldassarre tells me," Beavers reported. Rep. Lisa McClain is also drafting a resolution to censure him, her office confirms. Bowman’s office said alarm incident bc “confusion”/rushing to vote."
What perhaps caps off the story of the day was how there's always a tweet for everything, and it looks like there's one that didn't age well for Bowman.
"No one in this country is above the law," Bowman posted.
We're about to find out if that's true.