During a Monday appearance on the radio program The Joe Madison Show, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) — who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee — said that Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) could be put on the no-fly list if they’re conclusively found to share some level of responsibility for the deadly rioting at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.
Discussing the rioters themselves, Thompson commented as follows:
‘First of all, these folks, in my opinion, can be classified as domestic terrorists because of the actions they participated in on Wednesday. Now under normal circumstances international terrorists are out on no-fly lists. These are domestic terrorists — same thing. A terrorist is a terrorist, no matter who you are.’
The rioting at the Capitol was serious and deadly. Among other travesties, one news photographer who was on the scene said that he heard a few individuals talking about wanting to hang Vice President Mike Pence — who was in the building at the time of the initial breach.
Discussing Cruz and Hawley’s incitement of the violence, Thompson added as follows:
‘There’s no exemption for being put on the no-fly list. Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they expel from the body. There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals, and people are looking at all this. What Hawley did and what Cruz did was horrible.’
Cruz and Hawley have faced other serious pushback after the violence at the Capitol that they helped incite. Within Congress, Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) has prepared a resolution calling for the expulsion of the Senators and other members of Congress who supported the fight against the election outcome and helped incite the riot. Outside of Congress, thousands of lawyers and law students have signed a petition calling for Cruz and Hawley’s disbarment. The New York State Bar Association recently launched an investigation into whether Rudy Giuliani should be removed from its membership, so the move would not be unprecedented, even within current circumstances.
The Capitol rioting proceeded under the pretense of the lies about the presidential election outcome that Cruz and Hawley have prominently helped push — specifically, when the Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, Congress was inside, working through the motions of certifying the electoral college outcome (meaning Biden’s victory). Outgoing President Trump, Cruz, Hawley, and others have pushed the false idea that the certified election outcome is, at the very least, dubious. In reality, the election results have undergone rounds of comprehensive scrutiny across the country, and not a single court has ever accepted the claims from the president and his allies about supposedly widespread election fraud, which Trump has falsely claimed handed the election to Biden.