Stupidocrisy: Big alarm, no fire

US Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) allegedly set off a fire alarm in the Canon House Office Building to prevent a vote on the funding bill that would keep the government operating. There are several things wrong with this. First, the Democrats have been blaming Republicans for blocking efforts to prevent a government shut-down, but they are the ones who wanted to delay a vote to avoid the shut-down. In desperation, Bowman pulls a fire alarm to delay the vote. When he’s caught, he claims that in his rush to vote, he didn’t realize that he would trigger a fire alarm if he pulled the fire alarm, then he tells reporters that he thought the alarm would open the door. But it gets even more stupid.

Breitbart reporter Matthew Boyle did some checking around and multiple sources said that Bowman “ripped down two signs warning a second floor door in the Cannon House Office Building was for emergency use only before pulling the fire alarm and running out through a different door on a different floor.” Boyle reports, “In the photos of the double doors with glass windows, there are clearly two giant red signs on the door—they both say “EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY—PUSH UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS (3 SECONDS) DOOR WILL UNLOCK IN 30 SECONDS.” There is also another sign on a stand in front of the door that makes it clear this is an “EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY.”” Bowman tried to get out the door. When it didn’t open, he pulled the fire alarm. When the fire alarm went off, he turned and ran down the hall and out another door.

Now Bowman is circulating talking points to his Democrat colleagues in an effort to prevent the House from expelling or censoring him. In doing so, he is referring to House Republicans as “Nazis.” Bowman’s talking points, a copy obtained by Politico, say, “Republicans need to instead focus their energy on the Nazi members of their party before anything else. There are multiple insurrectionist supporters in Congress and more who supported a coup and support Trumpʼs Big Lie. Thatʼs what they should be focused on. Instead their focus on Rep. Bowman is an attempt to minimize January 6th.” Instead of taking responsibility, Bowman is shifting the blame to Republicans. He pulled a fire alarm when there was no fire and is blaming it on “Nazi” Republicans. Then he tried to say the talking points were not authorized by him.

The US Capitol Police are investigating. Right. “Title 22-1319. False alarms and false reports; hoax” of the DC Code says “It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to willfully or knowingly give a false alarm of fire within the District of Columbia, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this subsection shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine not more than the amount set forth in Title 22-3571.01 (up to a $1,000) or by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.” He’s admitted to setting off the alarm, but he’s saying that Nazi Republicans made him do it. The Democrats are standing by him. Proverbs 10:23 says, “It is as sport to a fool to do mischief.” And so it is with Bowman and those who defend him…say it with me…Stupidocrisy.


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Bill Wilson