House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to Republican members of Congress as the "enemy within" during her weekly press conference on Thursday.
"I do believe, and I have said this all along, that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside," Pelosi said.
When asked to explain who she was referring to, Pelosi referred to members of Congress who "want to bring guns" into session and have "threatened violence" against other members.
Several GOP members have said they plan to carry their weapons on the House floor for protection and as a way to exercise their second-amendment rights. This includes Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who has said she plans to open carry her handgun in the Capitol.
It also includes Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), who were armed during the Capitol riot earlier this month, and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), who reportedly attempted to bring his handgun last week through new security checkpoints into the House chambers.
Democratic legislators have also accused any GOP legislator who objected to the certification of the electoral votes of violence, even alleging that they are guilty of attempted murder.
🔦 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made such an accusation against Ted Cruz this week and reported she skipped Joe Biden's inauguration because she does not "feel safe around other members of Congress."