Even some Republican senators acknowledge that their colleagues are committing a grave violation of their oath of office and the Constitution by seeking to effect a coup on January 6th when Congress convenes to certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 Election.
At least 140 House Republicans will likely be joined by Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and a few other Senate Republicans in objecting to the Electoral College results, a move that will force the two chambers to debate for two hours before Biden is inevitably declared the winner since Democrats hold the majority in the House and most Senate Republicans will likely join Senate Democrats in certifying the results over those objections.
These Trump supporters in Congress are outnumbered and they have no evidence of election fraud, a claim outgoing President Donald Trump has peddled relentlessly even though experts and the courts have repeatedly debunked it.
To put it bluntly, Republicans are working to subvert a legal election to keep Trump in power. They are abandoning their oath to the Constitution, which is precisely why House Democratic leaders should refuse to seat those Republicans in the next Congress by invoking Section III of the 14th Amendment.
Even other Republicans are admitting that their colleagues are crossing a red line.
“I think it’s awful. I am going to support my oath to the Constitution. That’s the loyalty test here,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called Hawley’s move “disappointing and destructive. And borrowing from Ben Sasse it’s ambition pointing a gun at the head of democracy.” Sasse (R-Neb.) said this week that “adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government.”
“I’m going to vote to certify the election,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) of Hawley’s effort. “I don’t think it’s a good idea and I don’t understand his reasoning.”
It’s clear that Republicans are betraying democracy and the nation by orchestrating and going through with this scheme to keep Trump in power. The 2020 Election was not even a close contest. Trump lost the popular vote by more than 7 million votes and the Electoral College 306 to Trump’s 232. There is no evidence of election fraud as Trump claims, therefore no reason for these Republicans to object to the results. Not punishing them sends a message that they can keep trying to undermine democracy. If they are allowed to get away with it this time, they might just succeed next time.
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