On Wednesday, the House voted 413-12 to award Congressional Gold Medals to members of the Capitol Police, the DC Police and the Smithsonian Institution in recognition for the heroic efforts of all those who protected the US Capitol and members of Congress during the insurrection on January 6th. If you are wondering about the 12 who voted against it, they were Republicans, of course, and included Louie Gohmert.
All of the bill’s opponents had some problem with the language of the bill, and the term “insurrectionists” in particular. All of them also voted to object to electoral votes in the presidential election, only hours after the insurrection, except for Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who told reporters he objected to the terms “insurrection” and “temple” in the legislation, which states, in part:
“On January 6, 2021, a mob of insurrectionists forced its way into the US Capitol building and congressional office buildings and engaged in acts of vandalism, looting, and violently attacked Capitol police officers.”
It also states, “The desecration of the US Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our nation’s history.”
Matt Gaetz of of Florida said, “we had to combine it with these editorial comments about the January 6 sequence of events, and then we had to logroll it with this exhibit at the Smithsonian, and … that was a little much for me.” A “little much” for people wo died while you were protected? Poor, poor baby.
Michael Cloud of Texas complained in a statement, in part, “Speaker Pelosi included damaging language that unnecessarily weighs down the bill.” I’m not surprised someone blamed Pelosi, but “damaging language” to who exactly? Feeling guilty, perhaps?
Louie Gohmert, also of Texas, said in a statement that the text “does not honor anyone, but rather seeks to drive a narrative that isn’t substantiated with known facts.”
As Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.” Too bad we don’t have more “good” men and women in Congress. These denials are getting really old and tiring.