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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing accusations that she’s a “dictator” because of reports that U.S. Capitol Police are now enforcing her mask diktat by force.
On Wednesday, USCP released an internal bulletin explicitly ordering officers to arrest visitors and staff members who refuse to comply with her mask mandate, according to Florida Rep. Kat Cammack, a Republican who obtained a copy of the bulletin.
“USCP officers who work in the House Division or the House-side of the Capitol Division shall enforce this mask policy on all staff and visitors within the above noted locations. This includes all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Commitee meetings,” the bulletin states.
“If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol. Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry,” it adds.
View the stunning bulletin below:
In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals.
For Members, they advise not arresting but “reporting Members to SAA for their failure to comply.”
— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (@RepKatCammack) July 29, 2021
The bulletin also contains instructions for handling members of Congress, as well as their personal staffers.
“Although this applies to Members of Congress, officers should not arrest any Member for failure to wear a mask or to comply with the mask mandate. Any Member who fails to comply with a request to wear a mask should be reported to the House Sergeant at Arms’ office,” it says of elected members of Congress.
“If a staffer, who is accompanying a Member, refuses to wear a mask, that refusal should be noted and reported to a supervisor who will, in turn, refer the matter to the House Sergeant at Arms,” it adds.
The publication of the bulletin by Cammack set off a firestorm of outrage aimed primarily at Pelosi, though she tried to play innocent.
“The speaker of the House does not control the U.S. Capitol Police. We were unaware of the memo until it was reported in the press,” her spokesperson told Fox News.
To her credit, the bulletin was written and issued by USCP chief J. Thomas Manger. However, it’s not clear what compelled him to action. Did Pelosi perhaps privately suggest to him that her diktat be enforced by force?
That’s certainly the assumption that was made by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who posted a tweet accusing Pelosi of “directing police” to conduct the arrests and further noting that the arrests will also apply to the vaccinated.
To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks.
This isn’t about science—it’s about power and control. https://t.co/XMXxI0Dw2D
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 29, 2021
He wasn’t the only congressional Republican to tear into her.
“In Biden-Pelosi’s America the maskless are arrested while the looters, shoplifters, and border crossers go free,” Rep. Darrell Issa tweeted.
“This is so out of control. Pelosi is massively drunk on power, obsessed with control, and hypocritical and partisan beyond belief. This isn’t just some mask mandate either. The enforcement measures are absurd. *There are now just 27 COVID-19 patients in ALL DC hospitals,” Rep. Lee Zeldin tweeted.
“You’ve lost your mind, @SpeakerPelosi. This is you’r House, it’s the PEOPLE’S HOUSE,” North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx tweeted.
“Vaccinated, law abiding Americans: 𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺. Unvaccinated, illegal border crossers bringing COVID into America’s interior: 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁,” the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee jointly tweeted.
At least they kept it professional. Angry members of the public weren’t as nice.
— tony missions (@tony_missions) July 29, 2021
@SpeakerPelosi You called McCarthy a moron, well it takes one to know one Nazi Nancy. You are becoming just like Adolf Hitler.
— cindy (@Longhornpatriot) July 29, 2021
Madam Hitler aka @SpeakerPelosi
— mec1539 (@mec1539) July 29, 2021
@SpeakerPelosi Has Gone to her Communist Dark Side She Has Long Possessed, Ordering Arrest of Innocent Members of Society Who Do Not Obey her Totalitarian Regime! Arrest the Peasants but Not the Communist Thugs Who Make this “rule” but Dont have to Abide themselves!
— Im_Not_Gonna_Share (@imnotgonnashare) July 29, 2021
@SpeakerPelosi demands Capitol Police arrest non-mask wearers. She is a spiteful, evil, pos that believes she is above all others. We have a dictator in the House who flaunts her power like any other despot on the human waste heap of history. Y won’t people stand up to her evil?
— Ted Moscynski (@moskjr75) July 29, 2021
Their anger is palpable.
Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Rosendale posted a video purporting to show House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, violating Pelosi’s diktat.
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) July 29, 2021
But it’s not entirely clear whether the diktat also applies to someone sitting by themselves in the House cafeteria. Still, it does fit with a pattern of Democrats not applying to themselves the rules and standards that they establish for others.
The U.S. Capitol Police Twitter account responded with a statement on the matter, saying it shouldn’t ever come to “someone being arrested” for refusing to wear a mask.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) July 29, 2021
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