Democrats have perfect aim when it comes to shooting themselves in the foot. Jamaal Bowman fresh off the felony of pulling the fire alarm and going through a half dozen excuses for doing the wrong thing. Did the fire alarm say “Pull this to open door” or did it simply say “Fire alarm.”
Very few people would ever be confused by something like that, although all of those few are likely Democrats, I don’t believe that was the problem here.
Now, he has to contend with what his office did. They called the Republicans who are riled up by the pulling of the fire alarm “Nazis” Bowman is now busy doing damage control on two fronts and not just one.
Jamaal Bowman offered this explanation:
I want to personally clear up confusion surrounding today’s events. Today, as I was rushing to make a vote, I came to a door that is usually open for votes but today would not open. I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door. I regret this and sincerely apologize for any confusion this caused.
But I want to be very clear, this was not me, in any way, trying to delay any vote. It was the exact opposite — I was trying urgently to get to a vote, which I ultimately did and joined my colleagues in a bipartisan effort to keep our government open. I also met after the vote with the Sergeant at Arms and the Capitol Police, at their request, and explained what had happened. My hope is that no one will make more of this than it was. I am working hard every day, including today, to do my job, to do it well, and deliver for my constituents.
Peace and Love.
“You know, I don’t know why this has gotten so much attention. I was literally just in a rush to go vote, man! That’s all it was!”
BREAKING: Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) finally speaks out about pulling a fire alarm inside the Capitol:
"I was in a rush to go vote."
What on earth?? pic.twitter.com/hVBzcp7iGf
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 2, 2023
Below are the suggested talking points from Jamal’s office:
- It is an extreme reach on the part of MAGA Republicans to assert that Rep Bowman intended to harm or destruct anyone or thing. The exact opposite is true: he was trying to do his job.
- Look, if you’ve been in the Capitol complex on a weekend you’d know there’s only one or two ways to get in and out and it causes confusion for staffers and members alike, but because of last minute votes caused by Republican incompetence and surprise bill drop the not all exits were staffed like usual and the signage made it even more confusing.
- Especially when you’re in a rush after Republicans drop the bill text 15 minutes before the vote and the signage on the doors is unnecessarily confusing.
- It’s clear my colleague Congressman Bowman was simply rushing to the floor to cast his vote to prevent a shutdown and support working class families.
- Voting doesn’t occur in the Cannon House Office Building, it only occurs in the Capitol. The alarm going off didn’t interrupt our business on the floor today in the slightest.
- House Republicans are obviously trying to distract from the fact they cannot govern and that they nearly shut down the federal government for no reason.
- I believe Congressman Bowman when he says this was an accident. Republicans need to instead focus their energy on the Nazi members of their party before anything else.
- There are multiple insurrectionist supporters in Congress and more who supported a coup and support Trump’s Big Lie. That’s what they should be focused on. Instead their focus on Rep. Bowman is an attempt to minimize January 6th.
- I know that we’re focused on preventing a government shutdown and working towards ensuring everyone has childcare, food on the table, and the ability to thrive.