House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has settled into her leadership position and is now striking out at her Republican opponents in the most punitive manner possible.
Pelosi is now docking $5,000 from two Republican congressmen’s salaries after they refused to comply with regulations involving metal detectors on the House floor. Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA) both refused to go through the metal detectors, and Gohmert plans to appeal the fine, which will come out of his salary, Newsweek reported.
Gohmert said, “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.”
Pelosi is exerting full control over the House and seems to be suffering from some form of paranoia after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
While Gohmert and Clyde make an appeal, they will need to do their best to avoid further fines as the next violation will lead to a $10,000 fine.
Pelosi hasn’t stopped at massive fines for representatives who don’t follow the required procedures; she also requires representatives to wear face masks or face stiff fines.
A group of conservative representatives who had planned not to wear masks changed course following Pelosi’s new rules.
Tension in the House
After the riot early in January, Pelosi said, “Many House Republicans began disrespecting our heroes by refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our congressional community safe — including by dodging metal detectors, physically pushing past police, and even attempting to bring firearms into the chamber.”
Pelosi is completely ignoring the optics of the new rules and her singling out of House Republicans following the riot. She apparently already views them as criminals, and they are responding in kind — so much for healing and unity under President Joe Biden.
Republicans are being treated like criminals by Democrats who are promoting the idea that House Republicans aided and abetted rioters.
The tensions will only grow worse over the next two years as Republicans prepare for the 2022 midterm elections and prepare to retake power.
House Republicans may find it in their interest to operate within the rules that Pelosi is putting in place. Saving defiance, should they gain power, for after the midterms will save money and do more in punishing Democrats.