House Speaker Mike Johnson is wasting no time putting his authority to work over Democratic colleagues who behave as if the rules of civilian life don’t apply to them.
The lower body on Wednesday adopted a resolution officially censuring Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) for unlawfully pulling a fire alarm during an October session in order to delay a vote on a possible government shutdown. Bowman, who originally denied culpability and blamed the mishap on looking for a door handle, was hit with criminal charges and later surrendered to Washington, D.C. police.
Video from C-SPAN captured the final tally of a full session in which both Democrats and Republicans came out to support or oppose their colleague’s nefarious actions, respectfully. Speaker Johnson reported on the final tally.
“On this vote the yeas are 214, the nays are 191… with five present. The resolution is adopted,” Johnson said before allowing for a motion to reconsider.
Despite launching four criminal probes against former President Donald Trump, Democrats quickly came to Rep. Bowman’s defense during the incident. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ludicrously claimed that it made sense that Rep. Bowman could confuse a bright red fire alarm with a gold or chestnut door handle.
“I mean, listen, I think if you actually do see some of the photos of the signs, I think there’s something to be said about the government’s about to shut down,” AOC told CNN. “There’s a vote clock that’s going down. The exits that are normally open in that building were suddenly closed.”
Capitol Hill police later released a photograph of Bowman pulling the fire alarm, which was located on a wall nowhere near the adjacent door.
JUST IN: Capitol Police release photo of NY Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulling a fire alarm to suspend Congress and "disrupt an official proceeding" pic.twitter.com/o21CHuTJRN
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) September 30, 2023
Serving since 2021, Rep. Bowman has been a prolific instigator on Capitol Hill, tangling with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) earlier this year when she attempted to peacefully answer reporters’ questions about pending firearms legislation. When MTG showed up on the streets of New York to protest the first criminal trial of President Trump, Rep. Bowman lost it, accusing her of spreading “nonsense” and telling the media that she should go home.
Rep. Bowman is the second Democrat to be censured by the House this year. Last month Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) was reprimanded for repeating pro-Hamas phrases calling for the elimination of Israel, a move that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), another “Squad” member and prolific Israel hater, agreed was “Islamophobic.”