McCormick took center stage on the House floor Tuesday, leading an effort to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, over comments she made during pro-Palestine protests. The House voted to move forward with McCormick’s censure resolution, which was rushed to the House floor for a vote late Tuesday. The 234-188 tally came after enough Democrats joined with Republicans to censure Tlaib, a punishment one step below expulsion from the House.
That put McCormick at odds with fellow Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has her own competing censure resolution. Greene’s measure is struggling to gain support now that lawmakers have given McCormick’s legislation the green light.
Supporters of both Greene and Tlaib have criticized McCormick. It’s unclear whether the threats to his office are related.
The incident occurred on the same day that an Atlanta man carrying a long gun was arrested near the U.S. Capitol. Ahmir Lavon Merrell, who is currently on probation in Fulton County, prompted several street closures in a park north of the Capitol after he was spotted with a rifle, Capitol Police said.