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By Democrats’ logic, isn’t this an insurrection?
Ohio Democrat Rep. Joyce Beatty and other activists were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after they carried out a protest in the Hart Senate Building.
Beatty was arrested after she led a group of protesters into the building.
At one point, they were chanting, “end the filibuster!”
Rep. Joyce Beatty, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is arrested after participating in a small voting rights protest that culminated in a march around the Senate Hart Office Building Atrium. pic.twitter.com/PYcA1wllkk
— Morgan Rimmer (@morgan_rimmer) July 15, 2021
— Haley Talbot (@haleytalbotnbc) July 15, 2021
A photo posted by Politico reporter Nicholas Wu shows Beatty and others being zip-tied by Capitol Police.
Rep. Beatty is being zip tied as USCP starts to make arrests pic.twitter.com/8LFEabAXFy
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) July 15, 2021
Rep. Joyce Beatty among those arrested protesting for voter rights in the Senate Hart building atrium. pic.twitter.com/5PXYijNCEz
— Casey J. Wooten (@Casey_J_Wooten) July 15, 2021
Around the same time of the arrest, Beatty’s official Twitter account boasted about how she was being arrested and claimed she was “protecting” voting rights for Black women.
“Black women are demanding OUR right to vote! We’re marching to the Senate to send a strong message. #OurPowerOurMessage” Beatty tweeted.
— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) July 15, 2021
In a statement, Beatty said: “I stand in solidarity with Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote. We have come too far and fought too hard to see everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who wish to silence us. Be assured that this is just the beginning. This is Our Power, Our Message.”
U.S. Capitol Police issued a statement to Fox News following the arrest.
“This afternoon, nine people were arrested for demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds. At approximately 3:30pm, the United States Capitol Police responded to the Atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building for reports of illegal demonstration activity. After officers arrived on the scene, they warned the demonstrators three times to stop. Those who refused were arrested for D.C. Code §22-1307. Two males and seven females were transported to USCP Headquarters for processing,” the statement read.
The U.S. Senate is currently tied at 50-50, but Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote and give Democrats the majority vote.
Democrats want to end the filibuster so they do not need 60 votes to pass legislation.
If Democrats ended the filibuster, they would only need a 51-vote majority to pass much of Biden’s radical agenda.
The promising news is that two Senate Democrats have come out against ending the filibuster.
West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said under “no circumstance” will he support ending the filibuster.
Manchin also said would be “opposed to using the budget reconciliation process, under which certain legislation requires only a majority vote, again to circumvent the filibuster, an avenue Senate Democrats have considered for passing Biden’s ambitious infrastructure package.”
Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema again defended the Senate filibuster this week.
Sinema said she supports keeping the filibuster because it “protects the democracy of our nation.”
“As folks in Arizona know, I’ve long been a supporter of the filibuster because it is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation, rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies,” Sinema said.