Trump: Bowman Should Get the ‘January 6th Treatment’
Former President Donald Trump has called for Rep. Jamaal Bowman to endure the “same fate” as the January 6th prisoners for pulling a fire alarm in a House office building ahead of a government spending vote.
In a post to his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump referenced the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, that disrupted lawmakers as they worked to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
“Will Congressman Jamal Bowman be prosecuted and imprisoned for very dangerously pulling and setting off the main fire alarm system in order to stop a Congressional vote that was going on in D.C.” Trump said in his post.
“His egregious act is covered on tape, a horrible display of nerve and criminality,” Trump added, alluding to an image posted to social media. “It was a very dangerous ‘Obstruction of an Official Proceeding,’ the same as used against our J-6 prisoners. Actually, his act may have been worse. HE MUST SUFFER THEIR SAME FATE. WHEN WILL HIS TRIAL BEGIN???”
Others, beyond Trump, also called for Bowman to face repercussions while invoking January 6.
“How is it that Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) can pull a fire alarm during a vote, which is clearly ‘interfering with a legislative proceeding,’ and there be no ramifications?” Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) asked in a post to X. “Yet, protestors from across the country who came to Washington on January 6th are serving hard time in prison for doing less!#EqualJustice?”
Bowman, who is now facing an investigation over the fire alarm incident, released a statement insisting that he made a mistake in the Cannon House Office Building while making his way to a spending bill vote in the nearby U.S. Capitol Building.
“Today, as I was rushing to make a vote, I came to a door that is usually open for votes but today would not open. I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door. I regret this and sincerely apologize for any confusion this caused,” Bowman said.
Donald Trump on Jamaal Bowman pulling the fire alarm: pic.twitter.com/4YLZABST1U
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 1, 2023