Indiana Republican, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, introduced a two-page bill Friday that would ban people from receiving federal unemployment aid if they are convicted of a federal offense related to protests such as those rocking much of the country.
“Antifa thugs are descending on suffering communities,” the Fort Wayne Republican said in a news release, “disrupting peaceful protests and leaving violence, looting and vandalism in their wake. They turned Milwaukee, Seattle and Portland into warzones, and now they’re moving the chaos to Kenosha, Wisconsin.”
Banks told Fox News he filed the bill after friends of his who walked out of the White House were confronted by protesters. No one was arrested in that incident.
In the interview and in his news release, Banks specifically targeted left-wing “thugs” involved in protests. He made no mention of right-wing activists who have been arrested at recent protests, such as Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who has been charged with fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha.
I am afraid with the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, the bill will likely have a tought time getting passed.
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