If I represented my federal district ( PA- 4) in congress during the vote to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene, this is the speech I would have made from the House floor.
Madame (Mister) Speaker,
I too, like the Democrats in this House claim to be, against racism, anti-Semitism, mob violence, and conspiracy theories. I have fought my whole life against these social ills. But unlike the Democrats in this legislative body, I am not a hypocrite.
And make no mistake about it. The Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who vote in favor of this bill are guilty of the greatest hypocrisy. Hypocrisy that is so vile and so blatant that it causes one to become physically ill just at the thought of it.
Where was this outrage when Rep. Maxine Waters ( D-CA) said she “would take Trump out?” Where was the righteous indignation when she urged a crowd to take mob actions by saying, ” If you see anybody from that (Trump) administration in a restaurant, department store, gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and push back on them?”
Create a crowd and push members of the Trump administration? What disgraceful rhetoric from a member of congress but apparently excusable because she is a Democrat – and a Black Democrat at that. Conduct such as this is not new from Waters. She was labeled “Kerosene Maxine,” I think by Larry Elders -an African-American Los Angeles native and radio commentator – for her inflammatory rhetoric during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. A riot during which 64 people were killed, about 2,900 injured, and about $1billion in property damage incurred. As the LA Times said in a contemporaneous report, even Rodney King called for calm, but not Maxine Waters.
Ironically, Rep. Waters objected to what happened in LA in 1992 being called a riot. She said it was a rebellion and an “insurrection.” She was quoted in a 2007 Los Angeles Times article as saying back then, “If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason…. So I call it a rebellion.”
Kerosene Maxine was angry at Mayor Bradley for calling the rioters “criminals” and “gangsters.” She insisted on the term “insurrection” to give the 1992 LA rioters the patina of justifiably angry people staging a political rebellion against an oppressive government.
Despite her 1992 rhetoric, despite talking about taking out Trump and despite calling for mobs to intimidate Trump cabinet members, Democrats have never sanctioned Water. They apparently approved of her rhetoric. Indeed, Democrats have made Waters an icon.
For today’s Democratic Party, some riots are more equal than others.
Then there is Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). This Democrat has the distinction of being named the AntiSemite of the Year for 2019. But despite this award, there have been no efforts by Democrats to expel Rep. Ilhan Omar.
But that is not all. Here is a list of some other examples of Democrats hatred and bigotry and inflammatory rhetoric.
- Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said in July 2018 , “Go to the Hill today…Please, get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
- Then Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in June of 2018, “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be.”
- Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) Hillary Clinton’s running mate said in 2017, “ What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this.”
- Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said in August 2020, “There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
- Now President Joe Biden said in March 2018, “If we were in high school, I’d take (Trump) behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
- Missouri State Senator Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal said in August 2017, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
None of these comments resulted in censure, condemnation, sanction, punishment, or expulsion. Indeed, in the cases of Waters and Biden they have been rewarded by Democrats for their hate-filled rhetoric, their conspiracy theories, their urging of violence, their bigotry, and their incitements.
Until Democrats chastise the bigots and conspiracy theorists and curb the violent rhetoric in their own party they need not chastise Republicans. We can take care of our own.
I vote no.