House Speaker Paul Ryan admonished the Democratic Party’s sit-in on the House floor over gun control, calling it a “publicity stunt” and “fundraising scheme” that was “not a good sign” for democracy.
Ryan warned that the House was “reviewing everything” when it came to potentially taking recourse against Democrats for their sit-in.
“We’re reviewing everything right now as to what happened and how to make sure we can bring order to this chaos,” Ryan said. “This is the people’s House. This is Congress, the House of Representatives, oldest democracy in the world, and they’re descending it into chaos. I don’t think this should be a very proud moment for democracy or for the people who staged these stunts.”
The Democrats began their sit-in Wednesday and continued it well into Thursday–even shouting over the speaker Wednesday night as he held a vote on the floor.
Ryan doubled down that he would not be bringing forward the gun vote Democrats have been calling for.
“I’m very worried about the precedent,” Ryan said. “When we see our democracy descend in this way. It is not a good sign. It is not a good precedent.”
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