January 6, 2021 insurrection on U.S. Capitol

Bob Good (VA-5) Votes Against Honoring Capitol Police with Congressional Medal of Honor. They Protected Him During Jan. 6 Insurrection.

Virginia’s freshman congressman from the 5th District voted against honoring law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line during the violent insurgency on January 6 from Trump supporters intent on overturning the 2020 presidential election.

Bob Good was the only member of the Virginia congressional delegation who joined 20 other Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) and Matt Gaetz (FL), to vote no. Their no votes were to deny awarding the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest congressional honor – to the men and women of the Capitol and Metropolitan police departments who had protected members of Congress, including Bob Good, on January 6.

The mob of rioters was intent on hunting down electeds and the vice president, and had even erected a gallows outside the Capitol building. As they roamed the hallways, they chanted, “Hang Mike Pence!” Some have been charged with carrying weapons.

Every no vote came from a Republican. Every Democrat voted yes.

The measure overwhelmingly passed 406-21.

Republicans have usually stood for the Blue … supporting our law enforcement officers. These 21 Republicans proved otherwise, and while I don’t begin to believe they speak for all Republicans, the GOP needs to pay attention to who is representing them, how they portray the Republican Party, and where they stand on important issues.

Thank you to all the Republican representatives who actually recognized that police officers who threw themselves between the rioters and themselves deserved this honor. That includes my own Representative Ben Cline (VA-6) who voted yes.

The 21 who voted no are among a group of the most far right members of the GOP.

The Republicans who voted against honoring police with the Congressional Gold Medal had a problem with the wording that called the attackers “a mob of insurrectionists.” If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck….

The meaning of insurrection, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.

According to those who attacked the Capitol, their intent was to stop the legal certification of the 2020 presidential election that declared Joe Biden had won and Donald Trump had lost. Some have even said they felt that Donald Trump had instructed them – called them – to be there to stop the certification. That interference fits the definition of insurrection.

What is the meaning of a mob? Again from Merriam-Webster, a large and disorderly crowd of people especially one bent on riotous or destructive action.

There was definitely a large and disorderly crowd of people and they were intent on destructive action by illegally breaking into the Capitol as they bashed in windows and doors, destroyed property inside the building, illegally entered offices and removed property that was not their own, rifled through papers and files, attacked and injured law enforcement, broke down barrier fencing and used it against police officers … the list goes on. That definitely defines a mob.

Almost 500 insurgents have been charged at this point in the investigation. In court records as charges have been filed for actions that day, some rioters called for “execution” as “just punishment” for those who refused to overturn the 2020 election.

And this:

That’s what Capitol police were up against on January 6, and it is why this issue is so important.

On Tuesday, Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly laid it on the line: “They voted to overturn an election. But in their vote today, they kind of sealed the deal of basically affiliating with the mob. They now are part of the insurrectionist mob. They brought enormous disrepute and dishonor on themselves in not honoring the brave men and women who defended the Capitol of the United States—everybody in it, but also defending the symbol of democracy in the world, not just here in the United States.”

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, who voted for impeachment and for a January 6 Commission, tweeted:

Here are the Republicans who voted against the bill:

-Rep. Bob Good (Virginia)

-Rep. Andrew Clyde (Georgia)
-Rep. Andy Biggs (Arizona)
-Rep. Andy Harris (Maryland)
-Rep. Barry Moore (Alabama)
-Rep. Chip Roy (Texas)
-Rep. Greg Steube (Florida)
-Rep. Jody Hice (Georgia)
-Rep. John Rose (Tennessee)
-Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colorado)
-Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas)
-Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia)
-Rep. Mary Miller (Illinois)
-Rep. Matt Gaetz (Florida)
-Rep. Matt Rosendale (Montana)
-Rep. Michael Cloud (Texas)
-Rep. Paul Gosar (Arizona)
-Rep. Ralph Norman (South Carolina)
-Rep. Scott Perry (Pennsylvania)
-Rep. Thomas Massie (Kentucky)
-Rep. Warren Davidson (Ohio)

This issue is not going away….

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