WASHINGTON – Following last week’s murderous attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, members of Congress are once more apprehensive of something untoward: some of their allies may be risking their lives. Not figuratively, but in a direct and immediate way.
“This is the most toxic I’ve ever seen,” she told NBC News in an interview with Rep. Donner, D-Va. “The overall sense is that some of them may have guns, and chances are that those who are more into conspiracy theories and QAnon with pedophilic devilish rings, are we safe from them?”
Since the deadly riots on 6 January, lawmakers have suggested – no, until now, based on evidence – that the right allies would have helped plan or guide the attack. There is particular concern about some newly-elected members who have included extremist views, including comments supporting QAnon’s libel over Trump’s alleged enemies of being part of a child abusing the cult Accuse.
One House freshman is insisting on carrying firearms on the Capitol Ground and another says they were armed with guns during the attack, further shore up their allies. With the support of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, security officials have placed metal detectors on the outside of the House floor, causing tension with some Republicans and effectively suggesting that the members themselves pose a threat.
Democrats are angry at 147 Republicans for arguing the call of rioters and voting to reverse the election results even after the violent attack that left five dead and lawmakers hiding in their offices and safe rooms Was forced to.
But, Bayer said, “The [issue] The major emotional impact of this is that there is probably a real physical threat from our partners. “
With the breakdown of members, hundreds of members of the National Guard sleeping in the halls of Congress, and continuing threats, suspicions and rumors continue to warn officials.
Rape Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., has said that she feared for her life during the mob attack, as she suspected the intentions of the anonymous allies who were sheltering with her.
Ocasio-Cortez was “white supremacist sympathizer in QAnon and Congress and clearly white supremacist member of Congress, who I think would disclose my location and give me an opportunity to be hurt, kidnapped, et cetera,”. A highly visible progressive and persistent target of conservative media streamed live on Instagram in a speech on Tuesday.
Rape Mickey Sherrill, DN.J., has said he saw lawmakers during the tour around the Capitol before the attack that they believed could be part of a “reconnaissance” effort for the rioters. There is no current evidence of such misdeeds and Sheryl has not publicly disclosed any names. But he and more than 30 other Democrats have signed On a letter Asked the authorities to investigate the claim.
“I was flat on the ground because the other members were calling loved ones because they felt it could be the last phone call,” Sheryl said on “The Rachel Madavo Show” on Wednesday. “To imagine that my colleagues could get help and it ended up being incredibly objectionable and in no way allowed them to continue to serve in Congress.”
Further raising the temperature is the threat of Kovid-19, with members continuing to contract for resistance amid the wearing of masks by some Republican lawmakers.
Several members have tested positive for Kovid-19 since the Capitol attack. Bonnie Watson Coleman, DN.J., a 75-year-old cancer survivor who blamed GOP colleagues for refusing to seek refuge in cramped quarters during the attack. Other Democrats have also made similar allegations.
“It’s so annoying [it’s] This is a joint threat, “Rep. Ann McLain Custer, DNH told NBC News.” From within and without danger. “
A trio of GOP freshmen have drawn special attention and concern from colleagues: Reps. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Madison Kowthorne, RSC., And Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga.
Some lawmakers have suggested that Boebert, a Second Amendment advocate and previous QAnon sympathizer, may have deliberately revealed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location during the Twitter attack. Boebert also tweeted, “Today is 1776” the morning of the rally.
Concerns are not limited to Democrats. Repay in the attack in an interview with the National Journal. Nancy Mess, RSC, called Bobert “guilty”, cited her tweet about Pelosi.
Bobert denied any involvement in the attack, claiming that he sought to draw attention to Pelosi’s whereabouts, saying his tweet did not mention the speaker’s departure and safe location Has come after In a statement, she told NBC News that she is “not a follower or confidant of Qion and I have repeated it.”
Boebert has also resisted new metal detectors amid his high-profile push to carry guns through the Capitol. Members are not allowed to carry guns on the house floor.
Metal detectors have become signs of a culture war, with Boebert and other Republicans refusing to go through them at times. On Wednesday night, Pelosi announced that she would impose fines of up to $ 10,000 on members exiting metal detectors, writing in a statement that “it’s sad that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House needs to be safe.” needed. “
Cothorne, who spoke at a Trump supporter rally in Washington ahead of the siege of the Capitol, has stated that he was carrying firearms during the riots.
Micah Bock was quoted as saying by a spokesperson, “Congressman Kawthorne enjoys his 2nd Amendment rights as well as privileges as a member of Congress.” “Congressman Kawthorne wants to follow all known Capitol Police rules.”
Cawthorn has faced scrutiny for calling “lightly threatened” MPs who did not support overturning the election results, but a spokesman says they meant finding a primary challenge for those lawmakers. In October, his campaign website accused a reporter of working for “working for non-white men,” like Sen. Cory Booker, D.N.J., “for whites running for office” Men have to waste. “
Cawthorn has condemned the violence of the past week and denied any racist intentions in his comments. Bock said that none of the members around Cththorn expressed uneasiness “he hadn’t met them yet” and would find them “friendly and sociable”.
Green, for his part, clashed with more members wearing masks, supported the president’s efforts to reverse the election, and frankly promoted QAnon more than any national elected person. She once described Trump’s presidency as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive out this global cobble of devil-worshiping pedophiles.”
Greene spokesman Nick Dyer denied suggestions he supports QAnon. He also stated that during the attack he endangered colleagues by not wearing a mask in a safe room, it was ridiculous to say that he had tested negative for COVID-19 two days earlier.
“He has nothing to do with QAnon,” said Dyer. “She does not support it. She does not follow it. He believes it is disinfection. “
It is difficult to find a historical precedent for this level of visceral concern about danger among lawgivers.
Joan Freeman, a Yale historian and author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, compared it to decades of war in which repeated fists on the floor of the house and a northern senator Was canned by Southern Allies.
Freeman cautioned against drawing many direct parallels, as it was a more violent time across America across the board. But, she said, the violence in Congress both reflects and encourages violence outside the walls: this happened when slave owners were brutalizing black Americans and engaged in limited warfare with abolitionists in the territories.
“Everything that happens in the Capitol and Congress has a symbolic representative nature and we are responding to some of what we saw this week,” Freeman said.
Two MPs, Colorado Democratic Representative. Jason crow And Michigan Republican fresher Peter Meijer, both claiming that some GOP aides voted to reverse the election results or fear of impeachment against Trump could endanger the lives of their own families. Other Republicans have urged impeachment to avoid inciting further violence, effectively acknowledging that Trump supporters are running into extremist danger.
Meiser said in an appearance on MSNBC that he and other members were buying body armor.
“It’s sad that we have to get to that point, but our hope is that someone can try to kill us,” he said.
Kim Lane Shepley, a professor at Princeton who describes how democraticism slips into authoritarianism, said the environment is troubling governments where disgruntled politicians live in fear of death threats, including fears that pro-government Extremists may target them with tacit support from government leaders. Or state security.
“In a climate of danger, a lot of people left,” she said. “By the time you’re on the endgame, you only have people who say they deny insolence and will risk their lives, and those who are so vile can’t even open their mouths.” “