WASHINGTON D.C. – It’s not uncommon for Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree from Maine to unite to oppose issues President Donald Trump supports, but earlier this week, they may have outdone themselves. The moment came when both Golden and Pingree had to vote on moving forward a House resolution that condemned the Iranian government and Iranian security forces for violence against, and killing of, civilian protesters in Iran.
Since the day the Iranian government admitted to having accidentally shot down a civilian airliner after launching a retaliatory missile attack on a U.S. base in Iraq, Iranian people have surged into the streets in protest of their government. The protesters are not satisfied with their government’s admission they shot down the plan, they want Iran’s leaders out of office.
In attempts to quell the protests, the Iranian military has fired live rounds at protesters, viciously beaten protesters, and worse. Some of it has been captured in graphic videos that have been distributed widely via social media.
Some estimates say the Iranian regime has killed hundreds or, according to Reuters News, into the thousands, of their own citizens in protests that have sprung up over recent months. That concern is almost certainly what prompted President Trump to tweet at the Iranian regime on Sunday “DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS.”
Just two days after solidarity with the protesters in Iran prompted that tweet from President Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced a House Resolution condemning the Iranian government for shooting down their own airliner on January 8th, 2020, killing all 176 on board and for Iranian Security Forces killing approximately “1,500 demonstrators when they rose up across the country in protest.”
House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, were opposed to the resolution, and voted down a procedural move made by Rep. McCarthy to advance it during a vote on another resolution.
year, the website FiveThirtyEight, a well-respected data and analysis site affiliated
with ABC News, calculated that Rep. Golden had voted against President Trump more
than 90% of the time. That score ranked Golden among the worst representatives
in the entire country that represent districts President Trump won in 2016. The
latest data from FiveThirtyEight has barely moved, scoring Golden at voting
with President Trump 11.1% of the time and about 53.6% of the time less than he
should, as compared to President Trump’s support in the district.
Rep. Chellie Pingree, who represents a much more liberal district, is actually voting with President Trump more than Rep. Golden in the latest data, at 11.5% of the time.
The two have aligned to oppose the President in recent votes on the USMCA trade deal to replace NAFTA, a war powers resolution and on an article of impeachment against the President, among other votes.
No statements were released from Golden or Pingree explaining their opposition to the resolution. Rep. Pingree did recently release a statement attacking President Trump’s reported consideration of additional funds to continue construction of a wall along the southern border of the United States.
The full text of Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s resolution can be read below:
the actions of the Government of Iran and supporting the protesters in Iran,
their demands for accountability, and their desire for the Government of Iran
to respect freedom and human rights.
IN THE HOUSE
Mr. McCarthy submitted the following
resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Condemning the actions of the
Government of Iran and supporting the protesters in Iran, their demands for
accountability, and their desire for the Government of Iran to respect freedom
and human rights.
November 2019, according to Iranian interior ministry officials who provided
details to Reuters, Iranian security forces killed approximately 1,500 demonstrators
when they rose up across the country in protest;
January 8, 2020, the Government of Iran shot down Ukraine International
Airlines Flight 752, lied about its responsibility, and then admitted to
mistakenly shooting the airliner down, killing all 176 people on board;
aircraft was carrying 167 passengers and nine crewmembers;
passengers were citizens of Iran, Canada, Ukraine, Great Britain, Germany and
Sweden, at least 16 were children under the age of 10, and 13 were students and
alumni of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran;
Iran’s state news agency initially reported the crash resulted from an engine
fire caused by a technical fault;
Iranian officials repeatedly denied that the flight was shot down by its armed
January 11, 2020, three days after the downing of the flight, the Government of
Iran admitted that its armed forces unintentionally shot down the airliner;
January 11, 2020, the Government of Iran arrested the British Ambassador to
Iran, in violation of the Vienna Convention, after he attended a vigil for the
victims of the downed flight, and he was released hours later;
January 11, 2020, protestors gathered across Iran to denounce what they called
lying and incompetence by the country’s leadership;
Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, protestors tore down posters of
Maj. Gen. Qassem Solemaini;
January 13, 2020, video from inside Iran showed protestors chanting slogans including
“Clerics get lost!”;
video appears to show Iranian security forces firing live ammunition at
protestors and a woman being carried away leaving a trail of blood on the
ground as people shout that she has been shot; and
President expressed support for “the brave, long-suffering people of Iran” and
called on the Iranian Government to allow human rights groups to monitor the
protests and not to use force on the protestors: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) condemns the Government of Iran
for killing approximately 1,500 Iranian citizens who were protesting their
(2) condemns the Government of Iran
for shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752;
(3) condemns the Government of Iran
for repeatedly lying to its people and to the world about its responsibility
for the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752;
(4) calls on the Government of Iran
(A) refrain from the use of
(B) protect the rights of freedom of
expression and peaceful assembly; and
(5) supports the protestors in Iran, their demands for accountability, and their desire for the Government of Iran to respect freedom and human rights.
Read this resolution at the official website of U.S. Congress: