House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was spinning a web to entrap Republicans. Too bad one of her own got caught up in it.
House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn has been fined for circumventing metal detectors installed at the U.S. Capitol building, Fox News reported. The security measure was implemented following the Jan. 6 breach by some of former President Donald Trump’s supporters.
Clyburn, who is the number three Democrat in the House, was fined $5,000. If he violates the rule again, his second offense would cost him $10,000. The lawmaker has said he will appeal the first fine, however.
The South Carolina lawmaker had gone through the metal detectors to enter the chamber the first time, but he failed to do so a second time when returning from a bathroom break. While several Republicans in the House have already been slapped with fines, Clyburn is the first Democrat nabbed.
Republicans have also accused Pelosi of violating her own rules on Feb. 4. though the Speaker denies the charge. There have been no violations announced for Pelosi.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) has racked up $15,000 in fines, which he is appealing. Clyde is a Second Amendment proponent and gun store owner and therefore not fond of his right to bear arms being infringed upon. “Members of Congress take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and I would like to be the first to invite Speaker Pelosi and Whip Clyburn to join my lawsuit to fight this egregious and unconstitutional House rule in federal court,” he said.
Despite watching cities around the U.S. burn all for months, Democrats weren’t worried about riots until the Capitol incident. It was purportedly perpetrated by right-wing extremists, and the jewel of the media’s narrative was that Officer Brian Sicknick was injured in the melee and succumbed to his injuries — until even CNN had to admit that all signs pointed to natural causes.
Democrats hate guns and Trump, so the Capitol incursion was the perfect excuse to go after both. Pelosi’s rule is not about security but rather another way to entrap Republican lawmakers — but this time, it ensnared one of her own.