Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) blasted the Republican Party as a “dangerous cult” after it was reported that names of Democrat lawmakers were found on a list on the person of a man who was caught near the U.S. Capitol with a gun and ammunition.
Police arrested the 71 year-old man at the Capitol on Wednesday for possessing a pistol without a license after he was caught shouting at guardsmen. Officials said afterwards that the man had been at the Capitol riots and had posted memes related to the QAnon conspiracy theory on social media.
Schiff wasted no time in using this to fuel his own agenda as he attacked Republican leaders after CNN found several Facebook posts from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) calling for the execution of Democratic leaders.
“You look at some of these members, including Representative Greene, who have threatened on social media prior to her election other members of Congress,” Schiff told CNN host Wolf Blitzer.
“You have members like her who have suggested that attacks against students, murderous attacks on high school campuses like at Parkland were somehow fake, fraudulent, or false flag operations,” he added. “And they’re being rewarded by [House Minority Leader Rep.] Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) with assignments on the education committee!”
“You know, the GOP leadership is becoming little more than a cult and a dangerous cult,” Schiff continued.
Greene has already responded by saying that the controversial posts were actually written by members of her team, and that she does not endorse them.
Schiff went on to blast McCarthy for visiting former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago this week.
“That is sadly where the GOP leadership is at in Congress, and that’s part of the reason why the Capitol looks like an armed fortress right now,” Schiff lamented.
Schiff added that he is disappointed at the permanent fencing being erected around the Capitol after the riots earlier this month.
“It’s just awful to see the necessary presence of so many troops, National Guard troops, guarding the nation’s Capitol,” he said. “I would have never imagined that would be necessary, and I hope that it won’t be necessary indefinitely.”
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff reacts to threats of violence members of Congress are facing following the attack on the US Capitol and concerns over fellow colleagues. “The GOP leadership is becoming little more than a cult and a dangerous cult.” pic.twitter.com/dnzQV24wmD
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