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Analysis: Why House Republicans going through magnetometers has zero to do with the Constitution

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On Tuesday, magnetometers were installed just off the House floor as a safety measure in the wake of the riot that led to the overrunning of the US Capitol last Wednesday. Members of Congress were required to go through them.

Members of Congress were required to go through them.

While there were some Democratic members who expressed frustration at the mags and the lines they cause, it was Republican House lawmakers who resisted the move most fervently.

"It is a shame that Nancy Pelosi is trying to disarm Members of Congress in the very place that needed more protection on January 6," said freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado), who had boasted that she planned to carry her gun in Congress.

"You can't stop me; I'm on my way to a vote," Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told the Capitol Police as he walked around the magnetometers.

But I think my favorite Republican response came from Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, who said of the magnetometers: "It's my constitutional right.

Mullin doesn't need to go through magnetometers -- put in place following the first significant breach of the US Capitol since the war of 1812 -- because of the Constitution?

Where, exactly, in the Constitution does it say that you don't have to wait in line if you are a member of Congress?

In my earliest days as a reporter, I would occasionally head to Capitol Hill to find a member for a quote I needed for a piece I was working on.

I was struck every single time by the way that members carried themselves -- and how their staff treated them.

And it might surprise you that members had such a big problem with waiting in line to go through a magnetometer (like every single one of us does before we get on a plane).

And cite things like your constitutional rights to not have to wait in line.

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