“There’s no exemption for being put on the no-fly list,” Thompson said during a SiriusXM interview on Monday. “Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they expel from the body.”
“There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals,” he suggested. “And people are looking at all this. What Hawley did and what Cruz did was horrible.”
The Mississippi Democrat, who leads the Committee on Homeland Security, also urged the Trump administration last week to ban the rioters who took part in the siege of the Capitol from taking commercial flights.
“Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes," Thompson claimed in a statement issued Thursday evening.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the largest flight attendants union in the nation, also called for the ban after Wednesday’s events.
"The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard," said union President Sara Nelson.
Cruz and Hawley are now also facing a petition signed by thousands of law school alumni and students demanding the two be disbarred for their “efforts to undermine the peaceful transition of power after a free and fair election.”
Hawley’s and Cruz’s offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has called for the expulsion of Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, from the Senate on Monday over their leadership in efforts to object to electoral votes as they were being counted during a joint session of Congress last week.
Hawley and Cruz have faced significant pushback for the objections after violent protesters stormed the Capitol building, interrupting the congressional proceedings on Wednesday. While some Republicans changed their stance on the objections once order was restored, Hawley and Cruz maintained their positions.
"The Senate Ethics Committee also must consider the expulsion, or censure and punishment, of Senators Cruz, Hawley, and perhaps others," Whitehouse said in a statement, after calling for the Senate investigation "to conduct security review of what happened and what went wrong[.]"
The Whitehouse also called for both Republicans to be kept out of participating in any investigation.
"Because Congress has protections from the Department of Justice under separation of powers, specifically the Speech and Debate Clause, significant investigation will need to be done in the Senate," he said. "Because of massive potential conflict of interest, Senators Cruz, Hawley, and Johnson (at least) need to be off all relevant committees reviewing this matter until the investigation of their role is complete."