Congresswoman Cori Bush proposes to expel House Republicans who incited violence
The resolution comes just hours after Trump supporters converged on Washington.
Congresswoman Cori Bush has introduced a resolution calling for the possible expulsion of Republican members of Congress who have voiced support for a reversal of the 2020 presidential election. On Wednesday, the US Capitol was put on lockdown as crowds protesting President-elect Joe Biden's victory breached security barricades. At least four people are dead, 52 have been arrested and the mayor of Washington has declared a state of emergency until January 21.
Rep. Bush was in the Capitol building when protestors gained entry and she appears to have drafted the resolution while sheltering from riots, her resolution calls for Congress to “investigate, and issue a report on, whether those Members of the House who have sought to overturn the 2020 Presidential election have violated their oath of office to uphold the Constitution.”
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.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 6, 2021
Rep. Bush has since tweeted a petition calling on support and to hold the GOP members accountable for the coup attempt:
I’m calling for the removal of every @GOP member involved in today’s coup.
If you’re with me, sign your name to my petition to send them a message that you will not stand for their treason ⬇️https://t.co/CNJW2ElGLr
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 7, 2021
Cori Bush is a Black Lives Matter activist and the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress. On social media, the newly elected congresswoman highlighted the gaping disparity between the attack on the Capitol and the way Black men and women are treated when protesting police brutality saying, "I am in disbelief. I can’t believe domestic terrorists are roaming around inside the Capitol. I’m remembering being brutalised and treated like a domestic terrorist just for protesting to keep my people alive."
Meanwhile, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have all suspended President Donald Trump for his role in inciting violence.
Twitter has said it will not grant access to his account again until he deletes a video calling the mob "great patriots" and reiterating the false claim that November's general election result was "fraudulent."
Trump has less than 14 days left in his office.