A tragic day in American history demands accountability.
What took place in our nation's capitol today was the result of a long campaign by right-wing politicians and media to rile up Trump supporters into taking violent action against the government.
And now we have proof that it worked.
They got what they wanted, an insurrection. An insurrection based solely on lies that were spread just to placate the president's fragile ego. Everyone involved in this charade should be held responsible.
A woman was shot in the neck and killed in the melee. That cannot be forgotten in the debate over politics.
No one should be shocked about what happened. When you continuously tell millions of people that a national election was stolen due to a nefarious conspiracy, you're begging for violence.
Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush tweeted that she doesn't just want these people who incited the riot to be silenced, but expelled from Congress altogether. "My first resolution in Congress will be to call for the expulsion of the Republican members of Congress who incited this domestic terror attack on the Capitol," she tweeted.
Bush is right. Those who inspired vicious mobs to rise up and ransack the capitol are just as responsible for their crimes as those who bashed in the windows.
Ted Cruz, we're looking at you. Josh Hawley, clean out your desk. Tommy Tuberville, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, you failed your country. Find a new job. And that's just the beginning.
The interesting thing about Bush's tweet is that it is possible to expel the members of Congress who've pushed this election conspiracy.
Article I, Section 5, of the United States Constitution provides that "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."
Since 1789, Congress has expelled only 20 of its entire membership. 15 from the Senate and five from the House of Representatives.
The great majority of those expelled — 17 members — were removed from office for their support of the Confederacy in the immediate aftermath of secession. The most recent, was Representative Jim Traficant, Democrat of Ohio, who was expelled after being convicted on 10 counts of bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion.
Expelling the Trump sycophants who put their political careers before the democratic health of the nation, would help to heal and cleanse our diseased body politic.
Bush's tweet received a lot of support on Twitter, let's make sure everyone sees it, including those who have the power to expel those who are actively attempted to subvert our democracy.
@CoriBush This is the type of leadership we need, thank you!— Cohny (@Cohny) 1609971855.0
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