Democrat Congressman and ‘squad’ member Jamaal Bowman has been ripped by many opponents on the right over his attempted explanation for pulling the fire alarm at the Capitol building Saturday.
The incident, which was caught on camera and has since circulated far and wide, has sent Capitol lawmakers and their staffs into a tizzy as they semi-seriously try to understand why Bowman would think a clearly marked fire alarm would open a door.
While fellow left-wing New Yorker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leapt to Bowman’s defense Sunday, Republicans have been skeptical, with many noting the huge warning signs on the handle of the alarm and on a nearby door.
‘This is not confusing at all,’ Justin Amash, a former anti-Trump Republican Congressman, wrote on social media. ‘There’s a push bar on the door below the sign. Members of Congress see these signs all the time and know exactly what they mean.’
Amash was responding to People’s Policy Project Founder Matt Bruenig, who found the sign in front of the alarm confusing and believing Bowman felt he had to pull the alarm to exit, wondering: ‘What am I missing?’
Journalist Patrick Casey added: ‘Jamaal Bowman pulling the fire alarm because he’s incapable of reading this extremely common and not at all confusing sign is a million times funnier than him pulling it to stop the vote, just incredible stuff.’
Another X user pointed out: ‘His job is to read and vote on bills written in 1000x more confusing manner.’
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene believes Bowman is lying about the excuse.
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