House Democrats have said that by forcing a vote on censuring Rep. Maxine Waters, Republicans are opening a can of worms for themselves.
In recent months, several Democrats have introduced resolutions to censure or expel Republicans, usually because of the use of false rhetoric about election fraud prior to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.
When Republicans forced the censure vote on Waters this week, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) penned a letter stating his intent to renew the effort to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from Congress. The letter, which also urged fellow Dems to sign onto his resolution, successfully made the rounds.
Just before the vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) cautioned Republicans that their action of forcing a roll call on censuring Waters would make it “harder” for Democrats to not take similar action against Republicans.
Hoyer said, “As my friend the leader knows, we haven’t had all the resolutions that have been introduced on my side of the aisle.”
He added, “This makes it harder, however, not to proceed on numerous resolutions on my side of the aisle.”
The threat shows that lawmakers are now more prepared than ever to impose harsh punishments such as censure or expulsion against each other as they continue to deal with their own fury about the insurrection earlier this year.
It also shows that in this current climate, lawmakers are quick to look at maximum sanctions when they are livid over conduct from the opposing party’s members.
Gomez also brought up Green’s caucus platform that called for promoting “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” as reason to justify expelling her.
Gomez wrote, “[E]veryone – including House Republican leadership – knew this stunt was nothing more than an effort to promote white supremacy in the United States Congress.”
He continued, “From her open support for political violence against our colleagues to her brazen promotion of anti-Semitism and racism, there is no shortage of reasons as to why Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is unfit to serve in this legislative body. I hope everyone – both Republicans and Democrats – will join me in this endeavor to ensure our collective safety and preserve our democracy.”
Gomez’s resolution to expel Greene has already garnered the support of 72 Democratic co-sponsors. House Democrats, and 11 Republicans, voted in February to strip Greene of her committee assignments because of her past behavior of inciting violence against Democrats and embracing conspiracy theories- including one that suggested that some horrific mass shootings were fake.
Greene, however, introduced a resolution to expel Waters that was even worse….
McCarthy’s resolution was centered around remarks Waters recently made saying “we’ve got to get more confrontational” about police brutality against African Americans.
Greene’s resolution also brought up remarks Waters had made in the past encouraging supporters to harass Trump administration officials in public during the migrant family separation crisis in 2018.
Greene said in a statement, “This is nothing new from Maxine Waters. She has been inciting violence and terrorism for the last 29 years.”
Democrats warn, however, that it will be easy to find plenty of inflammatory statements from Greene and others.
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Waters wrote, “Now, because of who I am, the right wing and members of Congress who subscribe to the views of groups like QAnon, the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys and the KKK have targeted me. Those very people have done so to divert attention from the fact that they aided and abetted a violent, domestic terrorist insurrection led by Donald Trump.”
Mainly due to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, lawmakers have been bringing forth censure resolutions like this much more frequently and quicker than in the last Congress. While two expulsions have been introduced only four months into this year, only ONE resolution of this kind was introduced in the last session.
That one resolution came from then-Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) and was against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over former President Trump’s impeachment.
Four lawmakers had censure resolutions filed against them in the last session: then-Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), as well as Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).
Democrats also introduced censure resolutions against Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) back in January over false allegations about election fraud.
Democratic Rep. Nikema Williams, also from Georgia, issued a resolution to censure Greene.
Brooks was under fire for his comments at a Jan. 6 rally outside the White House where he said, “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”
Democratic Reps. Tom Malinowski (N.J.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) introduced the resolution against Brooks and say that he “encouraged and fueled the mob, brought shame on the House of Representatives, jeopardizing its reputation and institutional integrity, as well as the safety of its members and staff.”
Even amid a time when lawmakers are scrambling to formally sanction one another, this is still a rare occurrence overall. In the House’s entire history, only 23 lawmakers have been censured and only five expelled.
But House Dems are still heated.
Hoyer said, “I think all of us on our side of the aisle are very concerned about the aid and comfort that the rhetoric of some and the actions of some gave to those who committed criminal insurrection against the United States of America and against our democracy on January 6. So we’re still very concerned about that, and action is still possible on that.”
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