Two House Democrats are pushing a bill to ban former President Donald Trump and other far-right figures from the US Capitol.
Trump called cosponsors “a ‘low life,’ respected by no one and used by the fake news media for purely entertainment reasons.”
The bill was introduced by Representative Nikema Williams of Georgia and sponsored by Representative Eric Swalwell of California.
In addition to Trump, the proposed legislation seeks to ban Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, Peter Navarro, Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, Kenneth Cheseboro and Rudy Giuliani.
“The Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms and the Doorkeeper of the Senate and the President of the United States Capitol Police will take the necessary steps to ban Donald John Trump, Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Don Scavino, Peter Navarro, Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, Kenneth Cesaro and As Rudy Giuliani enters the United States Capitol,” the text of the bill reads.
It argues that “the attempt to undermine and nullify the 2020 presidential election damaged the integrity of Congress’s constitutional role in certifying election results” and that the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol “put the lives of members of Congress and the vice president on the line.” The United States is in real danger.
Representative Swalwell tweeted about the bill, calling it “awesome.”
How far will Fox go to attack me? It’s not even my bill – it’s a brilliantly written bill @RepNikema. Which, of course I support! And by the way, when the village burns down, we never invite the arsonists back to visit. Duh. https://t.co/4aEKW3ebYF
– Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 22, 2023
“How far would a fox go to attack me? It’s not even my bill — it’s a wonderful bill written by Rep. Nikema,” Swalwell wrote. “Which, I certainly support! And by the way, when the village burns down, we don’t invite the arsonists back to visit. Duh.”
👋🏾 Hey @FoxNewsGlad to see you read my bill (even if you didn’t read my name)! @repswalwell Co-sponsored my legislation, but I sign his analogy: Let’s keep arsonists out of the Capitol. https://t.co/BkcRTDFT6U
— Congresswoman Nikema Williams (@RepNikema) February 22, 2023
Rep. Williams tweeted about the bill, saying, “Swalwell co-sponsored my legislation, but I’ll sign his analogy: Keep arsonists out of the Capitol.”
Responding to the bill, Trump called Representative Swalwell an “idiot.”
Trump, who is currently traveling to eastern Palestine, called Representative Eric Swalwell an “idiot” in a lengthy statement. pic.twitter.com/TXiHSSgYho
— Christian Dotoc (@TocRadio) February 22, 2023
“This idiot is now (for publicity purposes only!) calling for some great American patriots, including myself, to be banned from the Capitol,” Trump said of Swalwell in a statement. “Happily, people will understand that Swalwell is a ‘low life’, respected by no one, and used solely for entertainment reasons by the Fake News Media to continue their attacks on President Donald J. Trump and America!”