Republicans are furious that they have to comply with basic security measures to enter the Capitol

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After facing an armed insurrection just a week ago, some Republicans are not at all happy about  increased security measures at the Capitol – lamenting they now live in “Nancy Pelosi’s communist America”.

Although something that seems impossible to complain about, several Republicans on Tuesday became angry about new safety measures imposed after the deadly riots last week, including metal detectors and pat-downs.

"You are creating a problem you do not understand the ramifications of," Arkansas Representative Steve Womack was heard yelling at police who were conducting the check, according to a press pool report.

Rodney Davis of Illonois was reportedly heard shouting that the checks were “horse s***”. He also said GOP members weren't consulted by security officials before they were installed.

Up until last week, lawmakers had been exempt from stopping at metal detectors, while staff, reporters and visitors were required to go through them to enter the building.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko tweeted, “These new provisions include searches and being wanded like criminals. We now live in Pelosi’s communist America!”

Many on social media metaphorically rolled their eyes at the news, finding it difficult to believe this was actually an issue for lawmakers:

“Pretty stunning to see House Republicans blatantly ignore security measures put in place the week after a violent mob stormed the Capitol, and particularly ignore the Capitol Police officers who risked their lives to protect lawmakers a few days ago,” CBS journalist Grace Segers wrote.

“The level of inhumanity of these Republicans to be harassing the US Capitol Police enforcing heightened security measures after the deadly week the Capitol police had PROTECTING them is unconscionable,” another person wrote.

Others were quick to compare overly-policed student experiences with the lawmakers’, saying “Welcome to what many students and educators have been doing for years”.

One person wrote on Twitter, “Dear Congressional Republicans, If you’re offended by metal detectors at work, wait until you hear what schoolchildren have to endure in America.”

And so, it seems the conservatives are unwilling to notice any hypocrisy in their complaints. As journalist Ari Berman person put it, “House Republicans want to require strict voter ID to cast a ballot but won’t walk through metal detectors after inspiring violent coup at Capitol".

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