In a recent incident that has caused quite a stir, Democratic Congressman Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in a congressional office building in an attempt to delay a vote. This move drew anger and criticism from conservatives, but Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time rushing to Bowman’s defense. AOC quickly took to CNN’s “State of the Union” to accuse Republicans of protecting GOP Rep. George Santos, who is currently facing a 13-count federal indictment.
During her appearance on the show, Ocasio-Cortez tried to shift the blame onto the circumstances created by a vote to avert a pending government shutdown. She pointed out that the exits in the building were suddenly closed and suggested that Bowman may have pulled the fire alarm out of panic. AOC argued that there should be a thorough investigation and conversations before filing motions to censure or expel him.
Adding fuel to the fire, Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the contrast in treatment between Bowman and Rep. George Santos. She criticized Republicans for not taking similar actions against Santos, who has been indicted on charges including wire fraud and lying to investigators. AOC accused Republicans of protecting Santos and questioned their priorities.
While Bowman later expressed embarrassment for pulling the fire alarm, conservatives like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Donald Trump Jr. called for him to face charges. Greene even went as far as to compare his actions to those of the January 6th defendants. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for an Ethics Committee investigation into Bowman’s conduct.
This incident has once again put partisan divisions on full display. AOC’s swift defense of Bowman showcases the unity and unwavering support that Democrats often display for their fellow party members, regardless of their actions. It also highlights the ongoing tensions between Republicans and Democrats, with both sides quick to point fingers and push their own narratives.