On Jan. 6, 147 House and Senate Republicans voted to overturn the presidential election.
That was hours after then-President Donald Trump incited a mob of supporters to storm the Capitol and seek for lawmakers to kill to cease them from certifying President Joe Biden’s win. They did this as a result of they believed Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud that Republicans in Congress have been parroting, too.
It’s so much to unpack. It was simply one of many darkest days in trendy U.S. historical past.
But now, two weeks later, with Biden sworn in and Trump gone, a few of those self same Republicans are celebrating Biden’s inauguration and American democracy, brushing apart the truth that they have been a critical menace to both one prevailing.
“Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris,” House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) tweeted Wednesday, weeks after voting to overturn the election and after mendacity on tv that Trump gained the election. “Now we must get to work to solve the challenges facing our country. We are all Americans, and together we will succeed, as we have for more than 230 years.”
Sen. John Kennedy (La.), Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas), Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have been among the many GOP lawmakers echoing messages of unity and celebrating the peaceable switch of energy from Trump to Biden, even supposing it was not peaceable they usually have been a part of the rationale why. Five individuals died through the revolt, and these lawmakers nonetheless voted to invalidate the election outcomes based mostly on the identical lies fueling the individuals who attacked the Capitol.
There are different Republicans who might not have voted to overturn the election however who had been actively making an attempt to invalidate the election outcomes. They too are actually celebrating Biden’s inauguration as in the event that they did no such factor.
“Congratulations to President Biden on his inauguration, and to Vice President Harris,” House Ways and Means Committee rating member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) stated in a press release, which doesn’t point out the last-ditch lawsuit he joined in December to attempt to overturn the election outcomes with none proof of fraud. “President Biden’s message of unity is crucial as we must work together, finding common ground where we can to help all Americans succeed.”
Some GOP lawmakers who voted to toss out the election additionally took half in Biden’s inauguration. Cruz, McCarthy, Scalise and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who raised a fist in solidarity with the Capitol insurrectionists proper earlier than they stormed the constructing, have been amongst these onstage with Biden as he was sworn in.
“I thought it would be a good show of unity,” Scalise stated in a Tuesday interview with The Advocate, a Louisiana-based publication, of his determination to convey former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile as his visitor. “It’s important we all focus on trying to bring the country back together. We all need to play a role in trying to achieve that.”
It was simply two weeks earlier that Scalise, the No. 2 Republican within the House, was nonetheless spreading lies about widespread voter fraud and saying he needed to “stand up for the rule of law” by voting to reject the presidential election outcomes.
“The Constitution requires that states carry out elections according to the rules established by state legislatures. In a number of states, that did not happen,” he falsely claimed in a statement. “We cannot turn a blind eye to states selectively choosing which election laws to follow.”
The theme of all of that is clear: In the Biden period, Republicans in Congress are hoping you’ll neglect the harmful misinformation they willfully unfold and the function they performed in making an attempt to weaken individuals’s religion in democracy ― a wholly self-serving political train that left 5 individuals lifeless. Don’t allow them to off the hook.
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