After Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) made headlines on Saturday by setting off a fire alarm just before the House voted to avoid a government shutdown, someone poked fun at him by posting a fake wanted poster of Bowman in the bathroom of the Cannon building where the fire alarm was pulled.
The poster includes a fake “Wanted By The FBI” label on the top with the FBI seal in the corner, displaying Bowman’s official congressional photo alongside a photo of him pulling the alarm. The poster lists his prime alias as “dumbass” noting that “Jamaal should be considered extremely clueless.”
The image was first posted by Journalist Matthew Foldi, who wrote, “SPOTTED in the Cannon men’s bathroom: a fake FBI most wanted poster for @RepBowman for obstruction of congressional proceedings,” and noted that the poster was attached to the bathroom closest to Bowman’s office in the building.
Others also made jokes at Bowman’s expense, including the official X account of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which added its own meme to the incident.
Bowman is still under investigation from Capitol Police and could still be charged with multiple crimes for the incident, including illegally obstructing a congressional proceeding and possibly even an obstruction of justice charge, which could net him up to 30 years in prison.
Bowman, for his part, has told reporters “I don’t know why this has gotten so much attention. I was literally just in a rush to go vote. That’s all it was.”
However, Bowman’s excuse hasn’t exactly flown with House Republicans, many of whom wish for Bowman to be censured, and some even wish him to be expelled outright.
“I’ll tell you this much, what he did was a federal crime and I’m putting in a resolution to expel him from Congress. I hope he’s gonna be charged with the federal crime that he committed today,” Republican New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis said.
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