An abortion rights rally in Washington Tuesday turned into a publicity stunt for several of the House’s radical members. It included a march from the Capitol to the Supreme Court and resulted in 16 Democratic members of Congress being arrested.
Democratic reps taken into custody included “Squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Cori Bush (MO), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Rashida Tlaib (MI). Capitol Police later said 34 people overall were taken into custody for blocking traffic.
AOC took grandstanding to the extreme as cameras rolled and onlookers watched. Following her arrest, the far-left radical pretended to be handcuffed as she was gingerly walked away from blocking traffic.
She did break the charade long enough to raise her fist to admiring abortion supporters.
AOC and her smiling cohorts made the most of the photo-op as others also pretended to be the victims of a perp-walk.
Many of the legislators wore specially-made bandanas with the words “Won’t Back Down.” When ordered to disperse, they instead sat down in the street and chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.”
Capitol Police tweeted that they gave the customary three warnings to the demonstrators before making the arrests. Most of the legislators taken into custody were from the Democratic Women’s Caucus.
Activists blocking an intersection spurred the arrests and breakup of the march.
Also arrested was Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the number four Democrat in the House. She issued a statement after her arrest saying the “extremist Republican Party” is trying to take women “back in time.”
Clark added that she can be arrested, but “we won’t allow them to arrest freedom.” Someone needs a new speechwriter.
The protest came less than a month after the high court overturned Roe v. Wade and cleared the way for states to decide the issue for themselves. Several imposed bans or strong restrictions on abortion, and many had “trigger bans” in place awaiting the court’s decision.
Protesters said 33 million American women live in these states that already ban abortion or are in the process of enacting new laws.
The Supreme Court building has been barricaded by a temporary fence for weeks. It was erected shortly after the leaking of the draft decision on Roe became public. Protests such as Tuesday’s are a regular thing now, and leftists clearly show a propensity towards violence over the issue.