House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has fallen victim to her own arbitrary rules — and now, Republicans are all but ordering her to face the consequences.
According to Fox News, Pelosi is facing sharp pushback for skirting her own newly imposed rule requiring members of Congress to pass through metal detectors before stepping onto the House floor.
Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert (TX) and Andrew Clyde (GA) were hit with $5,000 fines for bypassing metal detectors last week, Forbes reported. Now that the speaker has been caught doing the same thing, those in the GOP are calling on Pelosi to pay up, too.
“She opened the session on the floor, she came through what is known as the Speaker’s lobby,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) said, according to Fox. “We are all told, one Republican was fined for doing this just yesterday, that you cannot walk through those entrances unless you are disabled.”
Davis characterized the controversy as part of the “typical good for thee, not for me type of attitude that comes out of San Francisco.”
Gohmert, for his part, expressed a similar sentiment after being slapped with his penalty.
“This fine has nothing to do with following the rules and everything to do with furthering the Democrats’ never ending scheme to demonize and punish their political opponents,” Gohmert said, according to Forbes.
“They’re her rules”
Republicans were willing to concede, of course, that the rule is largely pointless. But if Pelosi was going to enact it, they argued, she ought to follow it.
“Now is this a smart rule? No. Is this a rule that makes sense? No, of course not,” GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX) said, according to Fox. “But that’s not the point; the point is they’re her rules… She won’t abide by the rules herself so we’re going to make a huge push for her to actually have to pay that fine.”
Crenshaw added: “Pay the fine, Speaker Pelosi.”
Failing to do so could have devastating consequences for Pelosi, whose caucus is even slimmer now that Republican Claudia Tenney has officially won back her House seat in New York. With Dems now holding just nine more votes than the GOP in the lower chamber, bipartisanship will be key for the speaker if she wants to get anything done.
For now, there’s no sign that she’s willing to budge, however; Pelosi’s office didn’t respond to a request to comment from Fox News.