It was someway barely greater than two weeks in the past that Donald Trump incited a home terror assault on the U.S. Capitol, and though the joint is below (largely) new administration, those that participated each within the violence and within the bigger try to undermine our democracy by overturning the presidential election outcomes should be held accountable.
The listing of Republicans who make legal guidelines who had been on-site for the assault on the Capitol has expanded from 13 to 14 (together with the one man who someway had sufficient disgrace to resign):
- Alaska Rep. David Eastman
- Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem
- Colorado Rep. Ron Hanks
- Illinois Rep. Chris Miller
- Maryland Del. Dan Cox
- Michigan Rep. Matt Maddock
- Missouri Rep. Justin Hill
- Nevada Assemblywoman Annie Black
- Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano
- Rhode Island Rep. Justin Value
- Tennessee Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
- Virginia Del. Dave LaRock
- Virginia Sen. (and gubernatorial candidate) Amanda Chase
- West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans*
- West Virginia Sen. Mike Azinger
*Derrick Evans faces criminal charges and has since resigned from the West Virginia Home.
… plus numerous former state legislators, which is unhealthy, however not less than they don’t make legal guidelines any extra.
The great people on the Democratic Legislative Marketing campaign Committee have pulled collectively a list of Republican lawmakers who signed on to letters and resolutions calling for the outcomes of the presidential election to be overturned.
These folks actively sought to disenfranchise thousands and thousands of voters and undermine the inspiration of our democracy.
Greater than 430 lawmakers throughout 15 states put their names on these paperwork.
Some are dealing with penalties!
In Virginia, the three Republican delegates (Ronnie Campbell, Mark Cole, Dave LaRock) who signed a letter asking Vice President Mike Pence to successfully disenfranchise thousands and thousands of Virginia voters by rejecting the state’s electors had been booted from one committee each.
Two of the three demanded that the Democratic House speaker reinstate them and whined that their “free speech” is being violated.
The third apparently has a greater grasp of the regulation and accepts the speaker’s very actual authority to position or take away Home members on/from committees.
Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is ignoring the 2 Republicans as they persist in failing to grasp that actions have penalties.
The 2 delegates—Campbell and LaRock—say that they’re contemplating authorized motion, which, properly, good luck with that.
Enjoyable truth! None of those three Republicans has a regulation diploma however apparently one not less than Googled “freedom of speech.”
A lot of the different Republican lawmakers on that listing of lots of are in legislatures managed by the GOP, so don’t maintain your breath for extra penalties on that entrance.
Final week on this house, we journeyed collectively down reminiscence lane to create some context for the present push from Republicans in some states to begin divvying their electoral votes up by congressional district—a transfer that, as a result of congressional districts in these state are so skewed in favor of the GOP, would successfully gerrymander the Electoral Faculty.
- Again within the mid-2010s, it was one thing of a fad amongst GOP-controlled legislatures to attempt to gerrymander the Electoral College.
- That’s, Republican lawmakers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, who had been nonetheless sore about Obama profitable their (largely) traditionally blue states, needed to determine a strategy to give a few of their electoral votes to the Republican presidential candidate for a change.
- How? By allocating them by (conveniently GOP-gerrymandered) congressional districts.
- However Republicans in some states are immediately reconsidering this scheme to successfully disenfranchise voters who reside in densely populated areas.
- Now New Hampshire joins the listing of states contemplating formal proposals to allocate electoral votes by congressional district.
- And keep in mind, the Granite State is at the moment below GOP trifecta management—Republican governor, Republican majorities within the legislature.
And whereas Wisconsin and Michigan each at the moment have Democratic governors who aren’t shy about utilizing their veto pens, each of them are up for reelection in 2022.
- If a Republican wins both race, these proposals have an precise likelihood to change into regulation earlier than the 2024 presidential election.
In the meantime, an ostensibly nonpartisan however really Republican state senator in Nebraska has launched a invoice that would move Nebraska in the opposite direction by abolishing the allocation of electoral votes by congressional district.
These proposals are clearly don’t have anything to do with any good-faith issues in regards to the equity of the Electoral Faculty; reasonably, they’re extraordinarily clearly motivated by Republican partisan pursuits.
One factor to bear in mind, nevertheless, is that these schemes may very well backfire on Republicans in the long run, particularly if Wisconsin and Michigan sooner or later flip reliably crimson.
Nonetheless, although, the one factor extra undemocratic than the Electoral Faculty is a gerrymandered Electoral Faculty.