The whole “rules for thee, but not for me” vibe is really taking hold on the Democrats’ side of the aisle, as they seem to be the ones who continually break the very rules that they’re extremely quick to criticize others for breaking.
According to Fox News, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been charged by her colleagues on the right with violating her own rules as she recently strolled around the metal detectors at the entrance to the Capitol, which as a member of the House means she’s subject to a $5,000 fine — and her colleagues want her to pay.
Amazingly, the newly-imposed fines for members of Congress who refuse to go through the security screening are rules that Pelosi put into play herself, which she must believe exempts her from following those rules without suffering the same repercussions that others would face — like hefty fines.
Three GOP lawmakers signed a joint letter that was sent to House Sergeant of Arms Timothy P. Blodgett, demanding that he follow the new rules and slap the huge fine on Pelosi for breaking her own rules. The letter, which you can read below, was signed by Republican Reps. Rodney Davis, Barry Loudermilk, and Bryan Steil.
Myself, @RodenyDavis and @RepBryanSteil sent the following letter to the SAA asking them to fine @SpeakerPelosi $5,000 for breaking House rules she put into place. Yesterday, members witnessed Speaker Pelosi walking around the metal detectors prior to walking on the House floor. pic.twitter.com/viECe18Qy5
— Rep. Barry Loudermilk (@RepLoudermilk) February 5, 2021
“Yesterday, at approximately 9:59 am, multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening. What was observed was a clear violation of House Resolution 73 and you are required by House Rules to impose this fine. Please inform us once the fine has been assessed,” the lawmakers wrote.
The fines, even though they’ve only been in effect for a short period of time, already have precedent, as Reps. Louie Gohmert and Andrew Clyde were the first to be hit with $5,000 fines for bypassing the metal detectors, which was just hours before Pelosi did the very same thing, according to NBC News.
The magnetometers were installed as part of a security upgrade following the January 6 Capitol riots and in the wake of a controversy concerning some Republican lawmakers who choose to conceal carry a firearm while they work, which sent Democrats into a total outrage.
While the fines for members of Congress bypassing the metal detectors are silly and ridiculous, if they’re going to be enforced against Republicans without a second thought, it’s only fair that Democrats — even in House leadership — be subject to the same disciplinary measures for breaking the same rules.