A Republican lawmaker is lying in wait for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to issue him fines for avoiding the metal detectors she installed for show following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot because he wants to take her to court.
Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia said this week he already has a legal team working on a federal court challenge on constitutional grounds after the House Ethics Committee denied his appeal over fines Pelosi has yet to levy for his serial infractions.
And once she dies, Clyde says the stage will be set.
“We are preparing for the next stage of this fight,” said Clyde, as reported by Politico. “I will take my case to federal court where I am confident justice will be served.”
Following the Jan. 6 riot, which Pelosi and Democrats blamed on former President Donald Trump, which they then used as justification to impeach him a second time, the Speaker ordered metal detectors to be placed at every entrance of the House chamber. Members who avoid them are then subject to a $5,000 fine for the first infraction, and $10,000 for every subsequent infraction — far more than, say, the average Antifa thug pays in bail or legal fees for trying to burn down federal courthouses in Portland.
Fines are automatically deducted from members’ paychecks, but apparently, Clyde hasn’t been ‘billed’ yet.
Last month, he told Fox News he was avoiding the detectors specifically because he wants his day in court.
“I did that so we would have legal standing to take the case to federal court, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” he said. “And I’m all teed up to do that. People have to stand for the Constitution. And if I have to get fined in order to give me a legal standing to do that then I’ll be fined.”
The issue is guns, apparently — in the hands of lawmakers, though, not mobs of Trump supporters, none of whom were caught armed in the Capitol in January. Clyde is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, which makes perfect sense given that he owns a gun store.
Meanwhile, Rep. Lauren Boebert, also a huge supporter of the Second who pushed immediately following her election win to carry concealed in Washington, D.C., has also been stumping for carrying guns on the Capitol Complex and in the House itself, the latter of which is forbidden.
In fact, she and some other Republicans pointed out that because of the riot they should be packing so they can defend themselves if need be.
“If this isn’t a reason to be able to defend yourself, then I don’t know what it is,” Boebert told Fox News in March.
Clyde agrees, and he hopes to use his lawsuit as a legal vehicle to push back on Pelosi’s rule.
“I love to carry everywhere I possibly can that it is legal,” Clyde told Fox News. “We should be able to carry on the House floor, and the Democrats should have no fear of that whatsoever.”
Because that’s what “shall not be infringed” means.