Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and several other Democratic members of Congress were arrested for “blocking traffic” during an abortion rights protest at the Supreme Court.
Multiple members of Congress, including @AOC, being arrested by Capitol Police for blocking traffic outside the Supreme Court in abortion rights demonstration: pic.twitter.com/fysQN1oBAw
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 19, 2022
The arrested members include Reps. Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Katherine Clark:
Just now, @RepPressley arrested protesting on the steps of the Supreme Court for abortion rights pic.twitter.com/Lh0US0BvbX
— mae | مي (@maeldahshoury) July 19, 2022
Here is Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in handcuffs:
Staff confirms this is video of Rep @ilhanmn under arrest and in handcuffs , she and other female Members were arrested in a protest supporting abortion rights in front of the Supreme Court today pic.twitter.com/2RwOAq6U2J
— esme murphy (@esmemurphy) July 19, 2022
Peacefully protesting outside of the Supreme Court for a fundamental human right and equal citizenship will result in arrest, but violently trying to overthrow the government on January 6th in armed rebellion where police officers died does not.
There is something seriously wrong when domestic terrorists get to pose for pictures and post about their crimes on social media and female members of Congress get arrested for protesting the theft of their rights by six Supreme Court justices.
As our own Sarah Jones put it:
Plotting an attack on your own country from Congress: no arrests
Protesting SCOTUS for stealing basic human rights: many arrests
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 19, 2022
Maybe the members of Congress should have been using the new constitutional right given to the by the Supreme Court and been protesting for control over their own bodies while carrying AR-15s?
The situation is a disgrace, and people around the country should not stop protesting until all Americans are treated equally.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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