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Ted Cruz speaks with Josh Hawley (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

One of the more immediate consequences of being a part of a violent insurrection is finding yourself unwelcome on airlines. The videos of Trump supporters finding out they can’t fly back home after trying to overthrow the government has been a real highlight. It turns out the Congress’s protocols for coordinating with with the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI to put folks that participated in the Capitol attack on the no-fly list has already begun, and some airlines have taken additional steps to make sure they cannot use their services.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to this domestic terrorism. In a Monday appearance on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show, Thompson was asked some tough questions about those implicated in the violent insurrection at the Capitol. But he has a pretty clear vision about what should happen to them:

“First of all, these folks, in my opinion, can be classified as domestic terrorists because of the actions they participated in on Wednesday. Now under normal circumstances international terrorists are out on no-fly lists,” Thompson said.

“These are domestic terrorists—same thing. A terrorist is a terrorist, no matter who you are.”

He was asked, specifically, about Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz — who’ve come under fire for fanning false allegations about the 2020 election — as well as Congress member Lauren Boebert — the QAnon House Representative who has come under sharp criticism for live-tweeting Nancy Pelosi’s location amid the siege — “If these folks are found liable, should they be on the no-fly list?” Thompson’s response indicates there just might be a place for the lawmakers on the no-fly list:

“Well, there’s no question about it,” Thompson said. “There’s no exemption for being put on the no-fly list.”

He continued:

“Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they expel from the body. There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals. And people are looking at all this,” Thompson said.

“What Hawley did and what Cruz did was horrible. What—the new member from Colorado [Boebert], who basically tweeted directions and everything that was going on—that’s not something you do.

“Somebody said, well, she’s new. Well, the point is, ignorance of the law is no excuse. So if you don’t know, you’ve still done something wrong.”

Of course, that’s only if they’re found liable, a legal determination that is far from being reached.


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