Last Updated on January 10, 2023
Calls are ringing out for Republican establishment congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) to be censured for angrily lunging the direction of anti-establishment congressmen Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rogers was trying to intimidate Gaetz and Boebert to coerce them into voting for Kevin McCarthy for speaker. “You’re finished,” Rogers reportedly yelled to the freedom-loving young congressmen Gaetz and Boebert, who were both born in the 1980’s along with fellow insurgent Eli Crane.
“People shouldn’t be drinking, especially when you’re a redneck, on the House floor,” Republican Congressman Tim Burchett reportedly said of Rogers. Burchett was sitting near the confrontation. Burchett continued: “I would drop him like a bag of dirt. Nobody’s gonna put their hands on me. Nobody’s gonna threaten me.”
Calls ring out on Twitter for Mike Rogers to be formally censured for his action.
Mike Rogers must be censured! pic.twitter.com/wCXorkk6fz
— 🇺🇸 Colorado Patriot 🇺🇸 (@redco2012) January 7, 2023
America Last Congressman of Ukraine @RepMikeRogersAL attempting to attack @mattgaetz on the House Floor… this guy is supposed to be the chair of the Armed Services Committee… he must be censured at once! #Speakerofthehousevote pic.twitter.com/AdX61Jp8KA
— RealBenGeller (@RealBenGeller) January 7, 2023
Perhaps @RepMikeRogersAL should resign (certainly should issue an apology and/or be censured) for needing to be physically restrained.
What an embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/03ZgKd497Q
— Hootyman (@TheHootyman) January 7, 2023
On Monday, Rogers announced that he would be stepping down from the Congressional Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee wields a fair amount of power since it decides which representatives will be assigned to House committees. The Steering Committee’s members are elected by region or chosen by party leaders. Rep. Rogers currently represents a region that encompasses both Alabama and Tennessee.
Politico’s Olivia Beavers tweeted that Rogers’ potential stepping-down is not set in stone and is also something “he says he is doing this on his own accord, no one is encouraging him to take this step.” The Alabama rep. is also the chair of the Armed Services Committee, which Rep. Gaetz was also a part of.
Despite backlash over the incident, Gaetz has publicly forgiven Rogers and stated that the two have a solid working relationship. Rogers agreed and apologized for his behavior in a statement Sunday.
“I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the House Floor Friday evening and appreciate Matt’s kind understanding,” Rogers wrote in a tweet.