The GOP clown show continued this week with an attempt by Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) to enter a facility in Washington, D.C. where Capitol rioters have been being held. Unsurprisingly, staff members at the facility weren’t keen on welcoming the parade of far-right antagonists into the premises. A far-right media source proclaimed in a post which Gaetz himself ended up sharing on Twitter that the group of members of Congress had been “locked out” of the facility, although they appear to have at some point made it at least partway inside the building. Still, in the end they do appear to have been prevented from carrying out the full visit they’d hoped for.
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After interacting with certain staffers at the facility, Gohmert proclaimed to onlookers that “we’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here.” Would Gohmert even be able to define what that means? And does Gohmert seriously expect observers to take him seriously when he insists that totalitarianism is here just because he can’t visit Capitol rioters in jail whenever he feels like doing so? The definition of dictatorship isn’t when authorities do something that mildly offends Louie Gohmert (or Matt Gaetz, or Marjorie Taylor Greene). These people are just obsessed with themselves and insist upon approaching just about everything with ridiculous self-importance. It’s the same kind of ignorant mindset that leads to treating face masks amid a global pandemic as some kind of existential threat to freedom and liberty instead of… just masks.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) after this ridiculous, see-through, political theater stunt to get into the corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners:
“We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated.” pic.twitter.com/gRvIg47wd1
— The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2021
Pretending as though seeking fair treatment for individuals in jail is some kind of uniquely Republican endeavor is ridiculous, anyway. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — known for leaning towards the left — even proclaimed in April, in reference to the detainment of Capitol rioters, that “[solitary] confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging.” Around the same time, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also expressed opposition to the use of solitary confinement in Capitol riot cases — and to make their stances known, neither Warren nor Durbin launched a vapid, theatrical stunt like what took place in D.C. involving Gaetz and Greene.