Pelosi Violates Constitution (Again), Installs Metal Detectors Outside House Floor
We’ve all seen the dystopian banana republic images of the US Capitol in recent weeks, with tens of thousands of troops guarding the building behind razor wire and 12-foot-high fences. But things are just as loopy inside the Capitol as well, thanks to Nancy Pelosi. The paranoid House Speaker installed metal detectors outside the doors of the House floor. She’s fining Republicans directly out of their congressional salaries if they refuse to play along with her new rules. The problem with this, aside from the obvious paranoia, is that it’s illegal under the Constitution.
So far, Pelosi has fined Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) $5,000 each for allegedly dodging the metal detectors. Gohmert says he stepped off the House floor briefly to use the bathroom in the Speaker’s lobby, which is right in plain sight of the Capitol police officers manning the metal detectors. When Gohmert came out of the restroom, none of the cops said anything to him and they didn’t make him go back through the metal detectors.
He only found out about the fine later. And it’s not like he had the chance to offer up a defense. Pelosi’s metal detector non-compliance fine is automatically deducted from any Member of Congress’s salary. Not that Democrats are facing any fines!
Pelosi herself has been dodging her own metal detectors, according to Republicans on the Committee on House Administration. Multiple people have seen Pelosi waltzing onto the House floor after walking around the metal detectors that the Democrats installed. Republicans asked the House Sergeant of Arms to fine Pelosi under her own rules, but nothing has happened so far.
Much like her previous do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do example of getting her hair done during the pandemic during the San Francisco lockdowns, Pelosi doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to her own metal detectors. The rule isn’t intended to harass or intimidate Democrats anyway; it’s for Republicans only.
You might think that the new metal detectors were a response to Capitol kerfuffle that happened on January 6, but you’d be wrong. The metal detectors pre-date the protests by several weeks. In other words, Democrats started their TSA-inspired security theater long before anyone wearing a buffalo hat stormed the building.
When Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) won her election in November, the gun-rights freshman announced that she would be proudly wearing her Glock when she goes to DC to protect the Second Amendment. Democrats have been in a total drama-queen panic ever since, as if Boebert intends to just up and assassinate all of them if she has a bad hair day or something. Pelosi installed the metal detectors weeks before the Capitol protests, in response to Boebert’s remarks.
Republicans have played along with the security theater for the most part, but then Democrats forced a resolution through last week that imposes the draconian fines — $5,000 for a first offense, $10,000 for a second offense, and who knows what after that.
Remember back when we were all taught in civics class about the various perks that Members of Congress receive? Stuff like a congressional salary and free postage? Ring a bell?
One of the perks that every Representative and Senator is supposed to enjoy is that they cannot be detained by law enforcement when they’re on their way to a session of Congress, except in cases of felonies or treason.
Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution reads that Senators and Representatives, “Shall in all cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”
If any Representative or Senator refuses to comply with Pelosi’s metal detectors, Capitol police will then presumably stop them from attending the floor session. This is clearly unconstitutional, even above and beyond the fact that Nancy Pelosi herself is not complying with the rule. You can’t stop a Member of Congress and prevent them from doing their job, just so a cop can march them through a metal detector and “wand” them to check them for weapons.
Not that the Constitution has ever stopped Pelosi before. But as Democrats grow increasingly paranoid, expect the security theater to continue getting much worse.