Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) appeared in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Tuesday and condemned her Republican colleagues who refuse to follow the new safety rules which have been implemented at the U.S. Capitol in the aftermath of last week's insurrection.
The congresswoman said her colleagues refuse to go through metal detectors, showing negligence after supporters of President Donald Trump raided the building last week while the House was in the process of certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Shaming the members who choose to ignore the safety rules, Bush compared the defiance to any other employee refusing to follow the basic rules of a workplace.
“For those that did that, first of all, we’re talking about your job,” she told MSNBC. “Let’s just look at it from the most basic level: If you work at McDonald’s you have to wear the uniform or you’re not working today.”
The 44-year-old also expressed concerns about Congress members who choose to bring guns as a safety measure instead of going through metal detectors.
"This is where we should feel safe, but you're bringing your guns to the office building," she said. "I don't feel safe around that. Many people don't feel safe with that. If they won't abide by the simple things this job calls for, then go find another one."
To my colleagues who won't go through the metal detectors:
Have you ever had a job before? If you work at McDonald’s and you don’t wear the uniform, you don’t work that day.
If you won’t abide by the rules of this job, go find another one ???????? https://t.co/rPO2xek1iB
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 13, 2021
Many House Republicans proved their defiance on Tuesday when they entered the chamber to vote on a resolution in the impeachment proceedings of Trump, according to the HuffPost. At least 10 Republicans disregarded Capitol Police officers who were guarding the door and walked around the detectors.
Rep. Greg Steube described the use of metal detectors as an "atrocity" and an “appalling” infringement on his right to carry a gun.
“The speaker and her Democratic colleagues think an appropriate response is to prevent members from exercising their Second Amendment constitutional rights in the very place that wasn’t secure a week ago,” Steube said on the House floor. “This attack didn’t come from the inside; it came from the outside. And to respond by restricting members’ Second Amendment rights is appalling.”
Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL): "I would be remiss if I didn't address the atrocity occurring right here on the House floor today." (He's referring to having to go thru metal detectors.) "Take note America. This is what you have to look forward to in the Joe Biden administration."
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) January 13, 2021
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) was heard shouting that the checks were "horse s***", while Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark) was heard yelling at police who were conducting the check, according to NPR.
"You are creating a problem you do not understand the ramifications of," Womack told his colleagues on Tuesday.
While lawmakers were exempt from being stopped at metal detectors until this week, staff, reporters and visitors have been required to go through the security measure to enter the building.
Bush also introduced a resolution on Monday calling for the removal of the Republican representatives who attempted to overturn the results of the election, as Blavity previously reported. Forty-seven members of the House of Representatives have co-sponsored the resolution, according to People.
"Today, as my first legislative action, I introduced a resolution calling for the removal of the members of Congress who have, for months, tried to steal this election and invalidate the votes of millions of people, especially Black, brown, and Indigenous voters," the lawmaker stated. "The dangerous consequences of their actions led to an attempted white supremacist coup that put thousands of lives in danger and left five people dead."
Expel the Republican members of Congress who incited the white supremacist attempted coup.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 8, 2021
In an op-ed published by The Washington Post after the chaos, Bush contrasted the brutal police presence at Black Lives Matter protests to law enforcement's passive response during the insurrection last week.
"Back in July, we had been protesting at the police station in Florissant, Mo., where a police officer had recently run over a Black man with his car. The police had been beating protesters for weeks," the former nurse and Missouri activist wrote. "They tear-gassed us to the point of suffocation for painting 'Black Lives Matter' on a road, arrested us for putting our fists in the air and beat those who they’d taken into custody."