FRESHMAN Congressman Jeff Jackson has taunted his colleagues for “feigned outrage” in a new video posted to his Twitter account.
Jackson, who took office earlier this year, is a Democrat representing North Carolina.
While he didn’t name names in his video, Jackson evoked the general behavior he observed in his first few months.
“I’m brand new to Congress – I’ve only been there 100 days – and I don’t know if I shouldn’t say this out loud, but it’s true and it’s important. And if you don’t know, you have to,” Jackson said in the video posted to Twitter on 04/17
“Having worked there for just a few months, it’s really clear that most of the really angry voices in Congress are just faking it.
“These people who have built their brands on being outraged all the time… that’s an act.”
Jackson went on to say he had seen multiple examples of such behavior.
“I’ve attended committee meetings that are open to the press and committee meetings that are closed,” he said.
“The same people who act like maniacs during open meetings are suddenly calm and rational during closed meetings.
“Why? Because there are no cameras in the closed meetings, so their incentives are different.
“What I’ve seen is that members of Congress are surrounded by negative incentives.
“There are rewards for bad behavior.”
Jackson said the greatest reward is being able to reach people.
“The great thing modern media and modern politicians have learned is that they get your attention when they can make you angry.
“And they both want your attention.
“So if you’re a politician and you show certain media outlets that you can help them keep their audience angry, they will give you their audience.”
Jackson said because so many politicians are willing to play this game, there’s always a competition between them to see “how fake angry they can be.”
However, Jackson said it wasn’t all bad.
“What I love about communicating directly with you is that the incentives are different.
“You can be positive. They can speak to you with respect and genuine information and in a normal tone of voice.”
Jackson said he doesn’t need to shout when speaking directly to people.
“When you don’t have to yell to be heard, the whole conversation changes.
“So in the future, when you hear an angry member of Congress say something absurd, your first question shouldn’t be, ‘How can you believe that?’
“It should be, ‘Do we think they actually do it?’
“Because they probably don’t.”
Jackson concluded by saying he’ll keep those who want to see politics “look less like WWE” updated.
His video has been viewed more than 6.3 million times since its release.