Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell recently made a bold claim, stating that she was more frightened during a recent pro-Palestinian protest on Capitol Hill than she was during the infamous January 6 protests and Capitol riot. Now, you might be thinking, “Hold up! How can a peaceful (or not-so-peaceful) demonstration be scarier than an actual violent attack on our nation’s Capitol?” Well, let’s dive into the details.
It all started on Wednesday night when hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters situated in the southern end of Capitol Hill. And things quickly escalated from there. The protest took a turn for the worse, with violence erupting and police officers donning shields and other protective gear to maintain some semblance of order.
One would think that compared to January 6, when an angry mob stormed the halls of Congress and put our elected officials’ lives at risk, this recent protest would pale in comparison. But according to Rep. Dingell, that wasn’t the case.
You see, Dingell found herself trapped between two exits blocked by protesters during Wednesday’s events. To make matters even scarier for her delicate constitution (bless her heart), she came face-to-face with a female police officer who had been pepper-sprayed while trying to restore some semblance of peace.
In an interview with The Detroit News, Dingell expressed her shock at how rattled she felt after this incident: “I was scared,” she confessed. “Someone is going to get hurt at one of these things. They can get out of control.” Oh dear Congressman Dingell! Who knew that walking through mobs carrying signs could pose such danger? Perhaps we should all wear full-body armor just to go grocery shopping!
Now here comes the kicker – Mediate reported that Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar (D-CA) were all inside the DNC building during this protest. It seems that Dingell wasn’t the only one witnessing this photographic display of fear and confusion.
But wait, there’s more! Apparently, six police officers were injured by these unruly protesters outside the DNC headquarters. The Capitol Police even released a statement labeling the demonstration as “not peaceful” and stating that they had to repeatedly order the crowd to move away from the building where members of Congress were hunkering down for safety.
You know what? Maybe Dingell has a point after all. I mean, we can understand how horrifying it must be to find oneself surrounded by passionate individuals voicing their grievances. We’d much rather have our lawmakers locked in their ivory towers safely out of harm’s way than mingling with common folk who dare express dissenting opinions.
In an amusing twist, Dingell recently defended fellow Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for sharing a phrase on social media that some interpreted as calling for the mass extermination of Jews in Israel. Ah yes, nothing like standing up for your colleagues who dabble in controversial rhetoric while simultaneously being scared witless by protestors expressing their discontent with U.S.-Israeli policy!
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), Tlaib was ultimately censured by her peers in a symbolic show of disapproval. But hey, at least she had someone like Dingell defending her questionable actions – talking about interpreting words “in different ways.” We wonder if Dingell applied such generous interpretations during January 6th as well?
All joking aside though, these events highlight an important issue – freedom of speech and expression. While protests may be messy and uncomfortable at times, they are integral to our democratic system. People should feel empowered to voice their concerns without fearing punishment or ridicule from those in power.
So next time we witness politicians claiming they’re more terrified by peaceful demonstrations than by violent attacks on our institutions, let’s take a moment to reflect. Perhaps it’s not the protesters that scare them but rather the power of voices challenging the status quo. And if that’s the case, maybe we should give those protesters an extra cheer for reminding our representatives that they work for us – not the other way around.
Until then, stay tuned for more “shocking” revelations about what scares your elected officials!