Last week, under the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a new rule was implemented concerning massive fines for House members who refuse to walk through the metal detectors at the entrance to the Capitol.
Pelosi is facing harsh backlash over pulling another “rules for thee, but not for me” moment as she was witnessed by several people, including by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), blatantly ignoring her own rules by purposely walking around the metal detectors last week, Breitbart reported.
“She should pay”
In a recent interview with Breitbart News Sunday, Davis said Pelosi not only walked around the metal detectors, but bypassed a routine scan by Capitol police officers.
“And how do I know this? Because I was standing right on the floor right next to the door when she walked in,” Davis said. “She looked at me, I looked at her, and I walked out, and I saw no Capitol police officer holding any security screening device and there was no magnetometer there. She should pay the $5,000 fine that she’s asking Republicans to pay.”
Davis also noted the seemingly convenient timing of the new rules, which came shortly after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) making headlines after acquiring a concealed-carry permit in Washington, D.C. — which is a rare luxury in the aggressively anti-Second Amendment city.
He went on to attack Pelosi for claiming that because some House members prefer to carry firearms, they are somehow now “the enemy within,” which was an actual quote from Pelosi, according to CBS News.
“It seems like Pelosi is trying to victimize these members of Congress who are exerting their Second Amendment rights,” Davis said, while suggesting that the speaker also implemented the rules to take the spotlight off her failed leadership.
Just hours before Pelosi was caught bypassing the new security measures, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) were the first members of Congress to be hit with the staggering first-time offender fine of $5,000 for walking around the detectors.
According to the Washington Examiner, Gohmert plans to fight the issuance of the fine, as his situation was markedly different than Pelosi’s. Gohmert originally entered the Capitol building and went through the detectors. It was only after he took a restroom break that he walked out and then walked around the magnetometers on his return trip as he had already been scanned.
“Unlike in the movie The Godfather, there are no toilets with tanks where one could hide a gun, so my reentry onto the House floor should have been a non-issue,” Gohmert said.
Gohmert told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that the metal detectors are a violation of the Constitution.
“You know, we’re going to the House floor to vote, we represent 700,000 people in our districts. And the Constitution says that we cannot be impeded when we go the floor to vote,” Gohmert said, adding that being detained at the metal detector station is “a violation of Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution.”