Democratic fury over the Capitol mob attack and its aftermath is pouring into almost every part of the House’s life, squashing expectations for comfort and even challenging mundane legislative tasks such as the appointment of a local post office.
With misleading allegations that the November election was ‘stolen’ from former President Trump, Democrats accuse Republicans of nothing short of sabotaging the democracy of the country.
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Already furious that some Republicans’ reluctance to wear masks to avoid the spread of COVID-19 was life-threatening, Democrats now see the GOP as placing lawmakers’ lives directly in line with dangerous rhetoric that feeds outlandish theories of conspiracy.
Of the 139 Republicans who voted to overturn the election results, Rep. Dan Kildee said, “It is difficult for us not to look at them in a different way.”
Tuesday night, bad blood reached a new level when Rep. Sean Casten took the extraordinarily unusual step of demanding a vote on an uncontroversial bill to name a post office in Mississippi because it was written by a Republican who voted to overturn the elections.
During a Postal Service hearing on Wednesday, it was equally clear when an angry Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) hit out at a top Trump ally, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who last year accused Democrats of targeting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy simply to hurt Trump’s chances of reelection.
“It was a charade!” Said Jordan.
I did not vote to cancel the referendum. And I’m not going to be lectured about partisanship by people who have,” Connolly fired back, jabbing his finger at Jordan.”
“On Wednesday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) lashed out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for providing insurrectionists with “help and comfort.
Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who called the status of former President Trump on Jan. 6 “our 1776 moment,” forced a vote to end House business for the day on Wednesday; it failed, but not before members of both parties grumbled.
Many Democrats claim that negotiating with those GOP legislators who voted to reverse the election results, even after the deadly assault, is untenable.
Since these are the people who have sought to overthrow our democracy, this is an unlikely case. And maybe they’re no less guilty than the people who invaded the Capitol,’ Rep. Bill Pascrell said (D-N.J.).
Even after the sixth, there were [GOP] representatives who were kind of intentionally advancing my location’s falsehoods, and then turning around and saying, “Sometimes I’d love to work together with us.” “It’s really serious about this. Many members of Congress almost died. … So, I think the fact that individuals only want to believe that this has no effect on their ability to function is very surprising.