Protests in Washington D.C. led to violence last week as an angry mob breached the U.S Capitol building in an attempt to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) was preparing to give a speech on the Senate floor when rioters broke in, prompting Capitol Hill Police to move elected officials to a secure location for several hours.
“It’s unlike anything I’ve seen in 10 years in the Senate,” Lee later told ABC4 News in Salt Lake City, branding rioters “an angry, lawless mob.”
The Republican’s message to those who broke into the Senate chamber:” You will be prosecuted. You should rot in prison for the rest of your lives.”
Unlike many of his Democrat colleagues, Lee has consistently decried mob violence as a means of political coercion.
In July of 2020, Senator Lee put forth the “Mob Violence Resolution,” a non-binding proposal aimed at condemning the “rising tide of mob violence we see across the country, and the increasingly prevalent mob-mentality that is fueling it.”
The Senator was inspired to take action after a constituent in his state was shot as an armed mob surrounded his truck in Provo, Utah.
“The resolution is not controversial,” Lee said at the time. “Even in these divisive times, it’s something I think we can all agree on.”
Apparently not. Democrats broadly rejected Lee’s resolution outright, prompting him to deliver a scathing rebuke of his colleagues on the floor of the senate.
People are being shot! Businesses are being looted. Innocent Americans are being attacked and threatened. Lives are being ruined. Communities are burning! And democrats refuse to condemn mob violence. pic.twitter.com/9moGpQ6MbC
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 2, 2020
“This isn’t even a bill,” an angry Lee said. “It’s just a statement that says ‘Mob Violence is Bad.’
“People are being shot!” Senator Lee yelled. “Businesses are being looted. Innocent Americans are being attacked and threatened. Lives are being ruined. Communities are burning! And Democrats refuse to condemn mob violence?”
Democrats were so enraged by Lee’s remarks that they made an abrupt attempt to silence him in the middle of his speech.
“I think it would have been better if Democrats had just agreed to say, ‘We reject mob violence.'” WIBC host Tony Katz told listeners Monday morning. “Because as a country, we should be able to acknowledge and agree upon that without controversy.”
Katz comments on Democrats’ “mob violence” hypocrisy in today’s edition of the Popcorn Moment.