With nearly two-thirds of House Republicans backing the Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the US Supreme Court election, a Democratic House member on Friday called Republicans “traitors” and urged leaders House Democrats not to sit on Republicans when convening the 117th Congress. in January.
Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey cited a 14th Amendment-era passage disqualifying elected officials who “have engaged in an insurgency or rebellion” against the United States.
“The actions of one of our colleagues to demolish democracy, regardless of party affiliation, must be rejected in the strongest terms”, Mr Pascrell said in his letter. “The fate of our democracy depends on us.”
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, known as the disqualification clause, was originally enacted to limit the influence of the former Confederates in the Age of Reconstruction. It has been used occasionally since. Victor L. Berger, a member of the Socialist Party of America, was repeatedly barred from taking his seat by a House resolution after winning elections in 1919 because he had been convicted under the Law on the ‘spying.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to Democrats on Friday that Republicans “are subverting the Constitution by their reckless and unsuccessful attack on our democracy.”
As of Friday afternoon, 126 Republican House members, including Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, had signed a memorandum supporting a Hail-Mary lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Texas, seeking to overthrow the president elected Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victories in the battlefield states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. If the trial were successful, it would give President Trump enough electoral votes to win re-election. The Supreme Court was due to follow up on the case on Friday.
Mr McCarthy did not immediately comment on why he joined the brief supporting the complaint, which was filed by a pro-Trump attorney general in Texas, but he had defended the effort on Thursday, saying: “The President has the right for every challenge to be heard and he has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court.
The vast majority of signatories were re-elected last month in the same ballot which they said was now illegitimate.
The extraordinary legal measure underscored how most Republicans have fully embraced President Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud and exposed divisions within the party between those willing to consider overthrowing the will of voters. and those who are not.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-ranking Republican, signed, as did Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the party’s campaign committee leader.
Republicans who refused to join the costume include Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 leader; Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska; and Sen. Lamar Alexander, a retired Republican from Tennessee, who said he was “struggling to find the basis” for the lawsuit.
“Republicans believe states are in charge of elections, and Texas is a great state, but I’m not sure why he has the right to tell four other states how to run their elections,” he said. in an interview recorded on “Meet the Press” published on Friday.
But the large number of House Republicans who signed the brief – despite the lack of evidence of widespread electoral fraud – indicated the frosty reception Mr. Biden is likely to face from the opposing side when he will take office, and the challenges he will face in advancing his agenda.