With the Electoral College casting their votes to make Joe Biden the next President of the United States, a North Jersey Congressman wants those he believes violated their Constitutional duties in President Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse the election outcome should be punished.
New Jersey Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., wants Congressional leadership to exclude any Members-elect that supported efforts to invalidate the 2020 presidential election from the 117th Congress. His shared these sentiments in a letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Zoe Lofgren, Chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration.
“I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator,” Pascrell wrote.
Violating 14th Amendment
By supporting President Trump’s actions and “amplifying these attacks on democracy,” Pascrell explained that elected officials are “obliterating public confidence in our democratic system,” in violation of the Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
“The courageous Reconstruction Congress implanted into our governing document safeguards to cleanse from our government ranks any traitors and others who would seek to destroy the Union,” he wrote.
He specifically pointed to 126 House Republicans joining a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas against the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This suit claims that Electoral College votes in these states were stolen, and thus should be awarded to President Trump.
“Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” said Pascrell.
Election results must be respected, Pascrell urged. Members should not commit acts that reflect poorly on the House of Representatives.
“The actions of any of our colleagues to demolish democracy, regardless of party affiliation, must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms,” he concluded. “Rising from the embers of the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment was written to prevent the destruction of the United States from without and within. The moment we face now may be without parallel since 1860. The fate of our democracy depends on us meeting that moment.”
In remarks after the Electoral College votes were cast giving him a 306-232 win, President-elect Biden remarked that the rule of law and the will of the people prevailed in America once again.
“A number so big that this election now ranks as the clearest demonstration of the true will of the American people,” said Biden. “It should be celebrated, not attacked…we now know nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power can extinguish that flame.”
Biden in his speech addressed the legal challenges of Trump supporters for the first time, noting more than 80 judges across this country found no cause or evidence to reverse or question or dispute the results.
“Time and again, President Trump’s lawyers presented arguments to state officials, state legislatures, state and federal courts, and ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court twice,” said President-elect Biden. “They were heard again and again, and each of the time they were heard, they were found to be without merit.”