They couldn’t do this in their off hours?.
In a photo-op moment, “dozens” of congressional aids walked off their jobs Thursday to stand on the Capitol steps to pose in the now-infamous “hands up, don’t shoot” stance protesting grand jury decisions in the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and chokehold death of illegal cigarette vendor Eric Garner in New York.
As the left-leaning NPR put it:
Wearing suits, ties and overcoats, the staffers stood several rows deep on the steps of Capitol Hill before making the hands-up gesture that has come to symbolize frustration with the deaths of the two unarmed black men at the hands of police. They stood silently with their arms raised for a moment before disbanding and walking down the steps.
The self-indulgent mass selfie was organized by the Congressional Black Associates – an organization for black employees or former black former employees on Capitol Hill – but was joined by other Capitol grievance groups like the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, according to CNN.
Some congressmen were on hand too, taking a break from the nation’s business to watch the show, including Reps Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat, and Marc Veasey, the Texas Democrat.
Fortunately, even with at least two elected representatives away from their desks, and “dozens” of the all-important congressional aides walking off their jobs, somehow the work of the Republic continued.
It does make you wonder why they had to do it on the clock, though.
Who do they think is paying for this, anyway?
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