Supporters of Donald Trump could have a hard time joining the military or getting a federal job under legislation proposed by Democratic congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.
From Hot Air:
New proposed legislation from Murphy would prevent anyone who participated in the January protests and riot on Capitol Hill from being eligible for a security clearance. Further, she would impose a similar ban on anyone who participated in any “stop the steal” rally or anyone who knowingly engaged with Q-anon. Given that a security clearance check is required for virtually every person applying for a federal job (and many state or municipal jobs) or enlistment in the military, Murphy would be banning an entire class of people from public service even if they never engaged in any violent activities.
The Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021 would require security clearance applicants to disclose if they had attended the Jan. 6 rally that resulted in the siege of the U.S. Capitol building, any “Stop the Steal” event, or “knowingly engaged in activities conducted by an organization or movement that spreads conspiracy theories and false information about the U.S. government.”
While legislation like this is advertised as targeting a subset of a group (in this case Trump supporters who attended a particular rally or believe certain conspiracy theories), in practice the definition of “conspiracy theory” can (and will) be stretched to anything Democrats in power don’t like.
If the bill were to achieve its aims, it could work to criminalize anyone that showed public support for Trump:
It would effectively criminalize every person who showed up for the rally and remained out in the streets protesting. The same would go for the hundreds of other rallies held across the nation in the preceding months.
In the aftermath of the Capitol siege, Democrats have felt emboldened to attempt to punish Republicans they believe were responsible for the incident. Many have called on Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who led the effort to object to certifying the election results, to resign or be removed from Congress.
Meanwhile, House Democrats moved swiftly to impeach Trump and have now sent the article of impeachment to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to stage a trial despite concerns over the legality of impeaching a former office holder.
And that’s not all they’re up to….
Author: Mike Robert Lee