Powered by Topple

House floor erupts in protest; Dems walk out during Orlando victims’ moment of silence

Powered by Topple

Want more hot BPR News stories? Sign up for our morning blast HERE

A moment of silence in Congress meant to honor those who died in the mass shooting in Orlando erupted into protests by House Democrats on Monday.

After Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) led the moment of silence, Democratic lawmakers began shouting criticism over lack of gun control legislation.

Democrats yelled “Where’s the bill?” and “No leadership!”

The protesting Democrats apparently saw nothing wrong with disrespecting a traditional observance in times of tragedy.

Some Democrats left the House chamber in protest, including Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, who earlier declared he would no longer participate in moments of silence.

“Silence. Not me. Not anymore. I will no longer stand here absorbing the faux concern, contrived gravity and tepid smugness of a House complicit in the weekly bloodshed,” Himes said in an angry speech in which he referred, not to an “Islamic terrorist” but a “madman with the military-grade weapon.”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) joined Himes in walking out of the moment of silence.

“The fact is that a moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that. But it is a not a license to do nothing,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) according to The Hill.

“Members have just had enough of having one minute, a moment of silence on the floor, and then take no action,” she said.

Other Democrats, like Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), also joined in taking the solemn observation of respect and turning it into a political platform.

Not everyone was on board with Himes.

Sign up for our morning blast HERE

(H/T: Twitchy)


Frieda Powers


Latest Articles