Palestinian protestors calling for a ceasefire interrupted a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, and committee chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) was having none of it.
“We will remove every single person who disrupts the committee,” said Jordan as protestor after protestor were forcibly removed from the room. The pro-Hamas sympathizers systematically stood up after another was dragged out, leaving testimony from one individual in limbo as the chaos dragged on for nearly five minutes.
The unflappable Rep. Jordan wore an impish grin as the protestors wasted their time on Republican committee leaders who on Wednesday joined their entire caucus in voting to censure “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for making antisemitic comments calling for the abolishment of Israel. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), was the second attempt to reprimand the ultra-liberal Michigan Democrat for appeasing terrorist sympathizers under the guise of calling for a ceasefire.
Disruptive behavior on Capitol Hill is a bipartisan pastime these days. Last week, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was interrupted multiple times while testifying before Congress despite pursuing a “humanitarian pause” to the violence. Anti-Israel demonstrators, egged on by Rep. Tlaib, stormed a Capitol building to stage a “die-in” as they sat for hours in protest of President Biden’s $100 million package to support Israel.
House Speaker Mike Johnson introduced a bill to pay for President Biden’s request by removing an equal amount of funding from the IRS, a solution that Democrats have called a nonstarter. Republicans, fueled by a nationalist sentiment among the grassroots, are largely content with pausing overseas spending in the wake of hundreds of billions of dollars directed to Ukraine in its war with Russia. Led by President Trump and other presidential contenders, House Republicans have encouraged their colleagues to direct the nation’s spending back toward domestic priorities or reduce it altogether.