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Rep. Bill Pascrell Urges Exclusion of Republicans Who Supported President Trump’s Election Challenges

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.

Respect Results

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.”

Biden’s Statement

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.”

5 comments

  1. Pascrell is suffering the worst case of Trump Derangement Syndrome on record. Hopefully, he will recover his sanity soon. Pascrell is trying to disenfranchise millions of voters by suggesting that their duly elected Representatives should be excluded form the House of Representatives for the “crime” of exercising their Constitutional First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Every American — including Republican Members of Congress — has the right to ask the courts to take actions to correct what they see as injustices. That Pascrell and many others think the grievances are specious (as I do) is immaterial. It is for the courts — in this case the Supreme Court — to decide the merits of the claim. Punishing political enemies, as Pascrell suggests, is what happens in authoritarian regimes. In that sense, he is everything he accuses Trump of being. He should be ashamed.

    1. It’s NOT a First Amendment right to yell “Fire” in a crowded theater for a lark, or to perform sedition or treason. You probably would have enjoyed Germany 1942.

  2. I agree with Rep. Pascrell. There must be consequences for these congresspeople’s seditious actions. They desired to disenfranchise millions of people. They get no sympathy from me, nor should they from any truly patriotic citizen. Elections have consequences, as should acts against the country.

    1. If their are “consequences” the people should decide in the next election who they want to represent them, not posturing, vindictive politicians that Stalin would be proud of. And “acts against the country” would be prosecuted if there is a Constitutional statute that defines such a crime. But there isn’t because such a law would probably be unconstitutional since every citizen, including (gasp!) Republican Members of Congress, have the right under the First Amendment to petition the government for redress of grievances. It is the job of the courts, not the House of Representatives, to decide whether the grievance petitions have merit. (The Supreme Court has done so and determined that the petitions have no merit.)

      A truly patriotic citizen would protect and defend the Constitution — that is in the oath most public officials and our military personnel take — not destroy it. Pascrell’s proposal is an attack on the Constitution because if he is successful, the future majorities in the House of Representatives would reject duly elected Representatives from the minority and effectively destroy the House of Representatives as a representative body.

      Pascrell bases his Stalinesque proposal on a laughable reading of Sec. 3 of the 14th amendment. It was adopted after the Civil War to prevent those who had engaged in insurrection or rebellion (i.e., Confederates) from being members of Congress. As far as I know, none of the 127 Republican have engaged in insurrection or rebellion, they simply have a different viewpoint.

      1. Calling for the disenfranchisement of millions of voters is a whole lot more than a different viewpoint. It undermines the validity of and faith in our electoral process, and thus the government of our country. It strikes me that Rep. Pascrell’s position indeed protects and defends the constitution. Disallowing validated votes surely strikes me as an insurrection, the end of which would anoint the loser as the winner. Obviously, it doesn’t strike you that way.

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