Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) got the door slammed and locked in their faces when they showed up at a prison on Thursday in a staged attempt to meet with some of those alleged to have participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Two conservative “news” outlets — One America News and Right Side Broadcasting — followed along with Gaetz and Greene (who were also joined by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas) and tried to enter a holding facility/prison for some of the accused insurrectionists, whom right-wingers refer to as “political prisoners.”
But when Gaetz tried to open the door to the facility, it was promptly locked in his face, leading Greene to remark:
“They think we’re trespassing.”
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) July 29, 2021
In a sense, Gaetz, Greene, and Gohmert were indeed trespassing. No member of Congress is allowed to just show up unannounced at a federal prison or holding center and demand entrance. That’s simply not how things work. You’d think that elected officials would know that.
Twitter users pelted the publicity seeking politicians for their stunt:
Because Congress people just can’t “show up” and demand anything. If they don’t know the rules they shouldn’t be in Congress.
— Lance 🏳️🌈 Resistance + Kindness = Change (@LanceUSA70) July 29, 2021
They have NO BUSINESS going in there except that they need it for pure POLITICAL REASONS!
— mama_donna_60 (@mamadonna601) July 29, 2021
Don’t worry Matty, in the near future they will unlock those doors and welcome you with wide open arms…and unzipped pants too.
— nick white (@NWoytyshyn) July 29, 2021
Are they in the visitors list? Because there is protocol, you can’t just walk into a prison because of who you think you are.
— HoosierProgressiveLiberal (@justicejunkie42) July 29, 2021
Um, yeah. Because you can’t just waltz into prison or jail and expect them to give you the keys to the place. The 3 G’s making a mockery of everything as ever. 👏👏👏
— In my next life I want to be a sparkle. (@Early33Jess) July 29, 2021
— CaptainTono (@Barkiologist) July 29, 2021
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