Members of Congress seem to be crying a lot more these days. Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib spilled tears all over the floor of the House Thursday because her antisemitic colleague from Minnesota, Rep. Ilhan Omar, was about to be kicked off the Foreign Affairs Committee.
“To Congressman Omar, I am so sorry, sis, that our country is failing you today through this chamber,” Tlaib said while sobbing through her slurred speech.
It was far from the first time a member has broken down before the cameras on Capitol Hill, and Tlaib seems to have made it a habit. Here’s Tlaib crying again, again, again, again, and again. Did John Boehner mentor her?
A month after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, Tlaib and several other members held a planned crying session on the House floor over it. Yet their tears were absent when the nation’s capital burned at the hands of left-wing activists the prior summer. The estimated damage from left-wing riots on America’s main streets The Squad cheered on was 66 times more than the one instance of violence at DC politicians’ doorstep.
The act was followed by a performance from former GOP Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger months later, whose infamous tears at the first hearing of the Jan. 6 Committee helped earn him a commentary gig at CNN.
Then there’s former Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzlerm who broke down in December over same-sex marriage legislation.
Gone seem to be the days when members of Congress could govern their own emotions amid allegedly governing a nation of 334 million people.
It’s hard when things don’t go your way. But our leaders don’t seem to know how to keep their emotions in check on matters of public policy, especially when they lose, and everybody knows that’s a recipe for division and disaster. Either that, or it’s a cynical pity ploy for the cameras.