With practically two-thirds of House Republicans supporting Texas’s lawsuit looking for to overturn the election in the U.S. Supreme Court, a Democratic House member on Friday called the Republicans “traitors” and urged the House’s Democratic management to not seat the Republicans when the 117th Congress convenes in January.
The congressman, Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey, cited a Reconstruction-era passage of the 14th Amendment disqualifying elected officers who “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” in opposition to the United States.
“The actions of any of our colleagues to demolish democracy, regardless of party affiliation, must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms,” Mr. Pascrell said in his letter. “The fate of our democracy depends on us.”
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, often known as the disqualification clause, was initially enacted to restrict the affect of former Confederates in the Reconstruction period. It has been used often since. Victor L. Berger, a member of the Socialist Party of America, was repeatedly prevented from taking his seat by a House decision after profitable election in 1919 as a result of he had been convicted beneath the Espionage Act.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to Democrats on Friday that Republicans had been “subverting the Constitution by their reckless and fruitless assault on our democracy.”
As of Friday afternoon, 126 Republican members of the House, together with the minority chief, Representative Kevin McCarthy, had signed a temporary in support of a Hail-Mary lawsuit, filed by Texas on Tuesday, looking for to overturn President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victories in the battleground states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. If the go well with succeeded, it will give President Trump sufficient electoral votes to win re-election. The Supreme Court was anticipated to behave on the go well with as quickly as Friday.
Mr. McCarthy didn’t instantly touch upon why he joined the temporary supporting the go well with, which was filed by a pro-Trump legal professional common in Texas, however he had defended the effort on Thursday, saying, “The president has a right for every legal challenge to be heard and he has a right to go to the Supreme Court.”
The overwhelming majority of the signatories received re-election final month in the similar balloting that they now allege was illegitimate.
The extraordinary authorized measure underscored how totally most Republicans have embraced the baseless claims of election fraud championed by President Trump, and uncovered divisions in the get together between these keen to ponder subverting the will of voters and those that usually are not.
Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-ranking Republican, has signed on, as has Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the head of the get together’s marketing campaign committee.
Republicans who’ve declined to hitch the go well with embody Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 chief; Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Senator Lamar Alexander, a retiring Republican of Tennessee, who mentioned he was having a “hard time figuring out the basis” for the go well with.
“Republicans believe that states are in charge of elections, and Texas is a big state but I don’t know exactly why it has a right to tell four other states how to run their elections,” he mentioned in a taped interview on “Meet the Press” launched Friday.
But the sheer quantity of House Republicans who signed the temporary — regardless of the absence of proof of widespread election fraud — indicated the icy reception Mr. Biden is prone to face from the opposing get together when he takes workplace, and the challenges he’ll face advancing his agenda.