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Some Lawmakers Sleeping In Congressional Offices Out of Fear As Crime In DC Rises

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A Republican congressman from Missouri made a stunning revelation late this week about several of his colleagues.

Rep. Eric Burlison said that many of his fellow lawmakers are now sleeping in their congressional offices because they are fearful of being attacked or murdered on the increasingly dangerous streets of Washington, D.C.

Burlison made the shocking admission Wednesday during an interview with radio host Todd Starnes on his podcast.

The Missouri lawmaker’s stunning revelation came after Starnes noted that Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) had been robbed and carjacked on Monday in the Navy Yard neighborhood of the nation’s capital, where several Congress members live.

“How dangerous is it in Washington?” Starnes asked.

“It’s very dangerous,” Burlison responded. “I mean, it’s insane to even own a car in D.C. because wherever you park, it is going to cost you a fortune, and it’s likely to get broken into and you’re likely to get carjacked.”

“You know, we hunker down in the Capitol building. … It’s a security calculation to actually sleep in your office,” Burlison added.

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An obviously stunned Starnes replied: “You’re telling me that it’s so dangerous in Washington that some of these lawmakers are actually sleeping in their offices?”

“Yeah,” Burlison said. “I mean, Todd, I don’t want to walk back and forth from an apartment in D.C. at night or in the early morning to get to work. It’s not a safe environment.”

“It’s shocking,” Starnes said. “I think I have to imagine people listening to this, congressman, are just dumbfounded that things are that bad in Washington, D.C. I know Sen. Mike Lee last night was tweeting that maybe it’s time to take back control of the district.”

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The Missouri Republican blamed toxic far-left policies implemented by the Democrats who run Washington, D.C., and their “soft-on-crime” policies that have led to rampant criminality.

The Western Journal added: “According to the Metropolitan Police Department, violent crimes in Washington are up 40 percent year over year, with robberies up 70 percent and homicides up 38 percent. Car theft has risen 105 percent.”

In February, a House Democrat who was violently assaulted in an elevator in Washington, D.C., released a statement after a suspect was arrested following the incident.

Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was bruised during the alleged attack in an apartment building where she lives “but is otherwise physically okay,” according to a statement posted to Twitter by Nick Coe, her chief of staff.

“There is no evidence that the incident was politically motivated,” the statement continued.

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The Metropolitan Police Department noted on its website that Kendrick Hamlin, 26, was arrested and charged with the alleged assault on Thursday. He has no fixed address. The MPD did not post the name of the alleged victim but later, in a tweet, noted that the person attacked was “a member of Congress.”

A report from WUSA-TV said that Craig, 50, saw Hamlin in the lobby of the building where her apartment is and that his behavior was erratic, “as if he was under the influence of an unknown substance,” according to the outlet, which cited the police report.

An account given to police noted that Craig said “good morning” to Hamlin when she got on the elevator. Hamlin then got in the elevator as well and began doing push-ups. At some point thereafter, Craig was punched on her chin and then grabbed by the neck. She then tossed hot coffee on her attacker, which gave her the chance to escape from the elevator.

Police responded to Craig’s 911 call to search for the suspect while she went to her office at Congress, per her normal routine.

“Hearing that is pretty disconcerting. That something like this can happen, but I am glad to hear she is all right,” said Tony Kaurilla, Craig’s neighbor.

“Rep. Craig is grateful to the DC Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and asks for privacy at this time,” Coe’s statement continued.

Craig released a statement Friday afternoon, noting she was back in Minnesota recovering.

“My morning coffee really saved the day yesterday, but not exactly how I expected it to,” Craig said. “On a serious note, I will also say that I was very, very lucky that I was not more injured — and I’ll have more to say about that soon.”

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