In an exchange posted on X, formerly Twitter, “Squad” Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York refused to answer questions from a reporter as to why his story changed after he pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on charges that he illegally pulled a House office building fire alarm.
“Mr. Bowman, why did you plead guilty to knowingly pulling that fire alarm, when you said you didn’t know it?” CNN chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked Bowman. “You initially told us that you didn’t know it was a fire alarm.”
“Why are you still talking about this, man?” Bowman said back. “That’s behind me, that’s been adjudicated, that’s done, paid the fine, moved forward — and in three months it’ll be dismissed.”
“But you weren’t straight about what happened initially,” Raju said, pressing the issue.
“I was very straight. I was straight from the very beginning,” he said again.
“But you said you didn’t know?” Raju asked.
“I was straight from the beginning,” Bowman repeated. “Any other questions about anything else?” Bowman said, looking back and forth at reporters, then once more interrupting Raju in the middle of a question to abruptly leave.
“Peace and love, y’all,” Bowman said, which prompted Raju to say, “You’re not answering.”
Because he was caught in a lie.