Democratic lawmakers are afraid of being shot by Trump-radicalized GOP colleagues
As the Republican Party becomes increasingly radicalized after Donald Trump’s humiliating defeat last fall, Democratic lawmakers fear GOP Congressmen will shoot them.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) said his Democratic counterparts were armed with bulletproof vests following the MAGA terrorist attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“Is this a real concern or is it a rhetorical concern?” Hayes asked Rep. Gomez. “What you mean by that is that you are afraid that Marjorie Taylor Greene might shoot someone in the Capitol. Do you say that “
“When members buy bulletproof vests and adjust over the Democratic caucus … yes, that’s serious,” replied the Democratic congressman.
MP Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) says his Democratic counterparts are buying bulletproof vests because they are concerned about violence, even from Republican counterparts. pic.twitter.com/7ohxZxidZh
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) January 29, 2021
MP Gomez said:
When members buy bulletproof vests and adjust across the Democratic caucus, when people look for new security measures for their homes, including me, yes, that’s serious. People are deeply concerned. If she said, “Okay, I’m not going to put my gun on the floor, we’re not going to bring it into the house, yes people would feel better. But that doesn’t mean that she can’t incite anyone.
Instead of exterminating extremists, the GOP welcomes them
After Donald Trump’s clear defeat last November – and especially after the January 6 attack on the Capitol – the Republican Party had the best opportunity to eradicate MAGA extremism from the party.
They could have done so by not only wholeheartedly condemning Trump for incitement to attack, but also voting for him to be immediately charged and removed from office. This would actually have given the GOP the chance to do a reset after four years of Trump’s disastrous presidency.
Instead, the Republican Party has increasingly welcomed these extremely – increasingly violent – voices. They continue to bow to Donald Trump and allow people like Marjorie Taylor Greene to play a prominent role in the GOP.
This is what the Republican Party has become, and it should terrify any American who wants to live in a healthy, thriving democracy.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.