Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) has called for Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to be put on the no-fly list after the Capitol protests, which turned violent last week.
Democrats have used last week’s violent protests in Washington DC to demonize Republicans and accuse President Trump of instigating a riot.
Thompson chairs the Homeland Security Committee and believes this should have consequences for the two senators who objected to the confirmation of the 2020 presidential election on the same day as the protests.
Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said there was “no question” that Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) could be on the no-fly list if they were rioting would trigger: “A terrorist is a terrorist.” https://t.co/QYb6khmpq0
– The Intellectual (@highbrow_nobrow) January 12, 2021
Democrats want punishment, no-fly list for Senators Cruz and Hawley
During an interview on Monday, Thompson said, “There are ethics charges against these people and people are looking at all of this. What Senator Hawley and Senator Cruz did was terrible. “
Congressman Thompson also says the Black Caucus of Congress will hold a hearing on Wednesday to open an investigation into events during last week’s protests.
Thompson said this was independent of other research. “We believe there was a double standard on January 6th. We want to know why, so – obviously we know why. “
“But someone has to tell us why something other happened than the fact that white people were involved and you treat white protesters with child gloves and black and white protesters with … You throw the full face and power of government on them in order to suppress you. It should be a policy. “
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Cruz and Hawley also get a knockback from another Senator.
Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has called not only for possible expulsion, but also Ron Johnson (R-WI) for what is portrayed as incitement to violence by objecting to the confirmation of the presidential election.
A Democratic senator is calling for his colleagues Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and possibly others, to be expelled from relevant committees, and possibly expelled from the Senate. Https://t.co/bOpjbciJTT pic.twitter.com/7adzdpYrib
– CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 11, 2021
This is the latest in a list of possible retaliatory measures proposed against Cruz, Hawley, and others who planned to contest the electoral college last week.
Banned, donations pulled, censored for Hawley and Cruz
Several large corporations, frequent Republican candidate and cause donors, have withdrawn their support for Republican lawmakers. Among those mentioned are the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Marriott International, and Commerce Bancshares.
(Bloomberg) – Marriott International Inc. will suspend donations to Republican Senators who voted against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden after considering “destructive events” at the Capitol last week. $ MAR @business https://t.co / AsJOvSEdnC
– Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) January 10, 2021
However, it is not enough to be placed on a no-fly list. Yale and Harvard Law Schools law students, Alma Maters von Hawley and Cruz, have called for their bans.
Harvard and Yale Law School alumni believe Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz should be excluded: //t.co/ooT0no3Yut
– Raw Story (@RawStory) January 10, 2021
In addition to the risk of being put on a no-fly list, it is possible that both senators could vote on a no-confidence decision with some Republicans, including Sen Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb).
To date, the Missouri House Democrats have tabled a resolution calling on Sen. Hawley to resign.