Adam Schiff: GOP Leadership Is Becoming a 'Dangerous Cult'
Schiff used the incident as leverage to attack Republican leadership
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has blasted the Republican Party as a "dangerous cult," following reports that names of Democrat lawmakers were discovered on a list of a man caught near the U.S. Capitol with a gun and ammunition.
The man was arrested earlier this week at the Capitol for possessing a pistol without a license.
Police said the man had attended the protest at the Capitol while also previously posting QAnon memes.
But Schiff used the incident as leverage to attack Republican leadership after CNN uncovered Facebook posts from Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-GA) calling for the execution of Democratic leaders.
"You look at some of these members, including Representative Greene, who have threatened on social media prior to her election other members of Congress," said Schiff.
"You have members like her who have suggested that attacks against students, murderous attacks on high school campuses like at Parkland were somehow fake, fraudulent, or false flag operations."
"And they're being rewarded by [House Minority Leader Rep.] Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) with assignments on the education committee!" he continued.
"You know, the GOP leadership is becoming little more than a cult and a dangerous cult," said Schiff.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff reacts to threats of violence members of Congress are facing following the attack on the US Capitol and concerns over fellow colleagues. “The GOP leadership is becoming little more than a cult and a dangerous cult.” pic.twitter.com/dnzQV24wmD— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 29, 2021
Greene responded to the reports saying the memes were written by members of her team and did not express her personal views.
Greene also officially filed articles of impeachment against Joe Biden earlier this week.
Impeachment against Biden was "for his corrupt actions involving his quid pro quo in Ukraine and his abuse of power by allowing his son, Hunter Biden, to siphon off cash from America's greatest enemies Russian and China."
Schiff also took aim at McCarthy for meeting President Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago residence in Florida.
"That is sadly where the GOP leadership is at in Congress, and that's part of the reason why the Capitol looks like an armed fortress right now," said Schiff.
Schiff expressed disappointment at the erection of permanent fencing around the Capitol folowing the recent riots.
"It's just awful to see the necessary presence of so many troops, National Guard troops, guarding the nation's Capitol," he continued.
"I would have never imagined that would be necessary, and I hope that it won't be necessary indefinitely."