RICHMOND, WAPA – The Virginia Senate on Wednesday endorsed a “pattern of unacceptable conduct” that offended one of its far-right members, including accusing it of supporting those involved in the US Capitol attack. ,
The Democrat-controlled House led by 24-9 votes formula Condemning Amanda Chase, a Richmond suburban senator who wants to run for governor of the GOP.
The vote was followed by a lengthy debate that drew sharp criticism from Chase’s colleagues on both sides of the political corridor. He launched a series of personal and professional attacks on some of his senators, noting that some of them had previously had behavioral and legal problems. He also threatened to sue if they voted in favor of the sentence.
“You have the courage to stand on the floor of this Senate and condemn me. “How dare you!” He said, raising his voice.
Democrat Sen. John von Bell, who sponsored the resolution, said Chase’s behavior jeopardized “the honor of our institution.”
“The question before us today is, where is our line of behavior drawn? What are we going to tolerate?” Bell said.
Earlier, Bell said he had had one-on-one meetings with Chase, during which they agreed to drop the resolution if he publicly apologized and unconditionally condemned the violent riots by supporters of then-President Donald Trump at the Capitol. But Bell said Trembling speech Chase issued on Friday does not comply with that agreement.
In that speech, Chase said he was “completely horrified” by the January 6 uprising and condemned the Capitol violence. But he also told fellow lawmakers that none of them were perfect.
In previous speeches on the floor, Chase defended those who invaded the Capitol area, including Ashley Babbitt, the woman who was shot dead by US Capitol police.
“These were not insurgents and robbers, these were patriots who love their country, do not want to see our great republic turn into a socialist country,” he said.
Chase, a staunch supporter of Trump, has previously called for martial law to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. He reiterated Trump’s baseless allegations of electoral fraud and lost access to his Facebook account after falsely accusing left-wing activists of the Capitol uprising.
Bell downplayed his decision to accuse Chase of “inciting a revolt against the United States” or inciting an attack on the Capitol.
The new version claims that Chase “behaved inconsistently as a senator during his tenure, disregarding civilization in conversations with colleagues, making false and misleading statements both on the committee and on the floor of the Senate, ignoring the importance of his responsibility to the elected Commonwealth.” »:
In particular, it quotes the 2019 report of the Chase և Capitol Police Officer of Chase, Virginia. The confrontation: claims that Chase “undermined the seriousness of the epidemic by saying, ‘I do not.’ Chase refused to wear a mask on the floor of the Senate, saying he had an unspecified medical condition that prevented him from doing so.
Criticism is a public disgrace, but it will not limit Chase to the Senate. The upper house has already stripped him of his commission.