Bear pointed out the fact that Trump had shared a video calling on protesters and rioters to go home and to act peacefully. Eleven Republican senators saying they will not be voting Wednesday to confirm President-elect Joe Biden s victory include Wyoming's newly sworn in Sen. Cynthia Summit, a Cheyenne-area rancher and former congresswoman.
This is about being on the right side of history,” Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Hawthorne wrote in a letter urging Wyoming's all-Republican congressional delegation to reject the electoral votes of states including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan. The 2020 election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities” wrote Summit and 10 other senators led by Ted Cruz of Texas in a joint statement Saturday.
The full Wyoming delegation including Summit recognized Biden as president-elect after the Electoral College certified the election results Dec. 15. “It’s unfortunate that dishonest attacks on the integrity of the election process have created this rift in the Republican Party, nationally and in Wyoming,” said Chris Merrill, director of the Equality State Policy Center government watchdog group which advocates for a state income tax and other left-leaning issues.
A political analyst, however, doubted that Wyoming's top Republicans ultimately have much at stake with loyalty to Trump. In Utah, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is part of a bipartisan group of senators condemning the efforts to overturn the election.
Meanwhile, newly elected Rep. Burgess Owens and Rep. Chris Stewart are among the House members planning to challenge the electoral college vote. The proceedings are typically a formality and Democrats have lodged their own objections to the Electoral College results in the past but nothing on this scale, with over 100 Republicans in the House joining Trump ’s supporters in the Senate.
In 2016, Republicans in Wyoming initially backed Cruz over Trump almost unanimously for the GOP presidential nomination. She succeeded four-term Republican Sen. Mike ENI, who was known for focusing on areas where politicians from both parties can agree and has not commented on Trump's effort to contest the presidential election.
President Trump on Thursday said GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is “only upset” because his administration has been getting the U.S. out of “ridiculous and costly Endless Wars,” after she criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. “ Liz Cheney is only upset because I have been actively getting our great and beautiful Country out of the ridiculous and costly Endless Wars,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Cheney also criticized the president last month for his reaction to reports that Russia offered bounties for the deaths of U.S. troops. Also, according to Politico, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chimed in by questioning if Cheney was trying to undermine the GOP’s chances of winning back control of the House in November.
Her remarks laid bare divisions between Trump and the Republican Party just a day before a crucial runoff election in Georgia that could determine control of the Senate. Republican lawmakers have increasingly broken with the president, including on a major defense policy bill and Trump's attempts to overturn the Electoral College results in Congress.
“I commend Republican election officials across the country who have discharged their duties with integrity over the past two months while weathering relentless pressure, disinformation, and attacks from the president and his campaign,” he said. In a call reported Sunday by the Washington Post, Trump told Raffensperger, a Republican, to alter the result of the election.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told reporters Monday he had not reviewed the transcript of the call and that “We're not looking backward, we're looking forward to the inauguration of Joe Biden.” 3 House Republican, offered a short and sweet condemnation Monday of President DonaldTrump's attempt to beg, pressure and threaten Georgia's top election official to overturn his loss in the Peach State.
Cheney described a roughly hour-long phone call Trump had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he prodded the fellow Republican to “find” enough votes to secure his victory, as “deeply troubling” and urged for Americans to listen to the recording. As of Monday, Cheney's comments made her the highest-ranking congressional Republican to speak out about the incident that unfolded over the weekend, as most GOP lawmakers remained silent.
“I commend Republican election officials across the country who have discharged their duties with integrity over the past two months while weathering relentless pressure, disinformation and attacks from the president and his campaign,” Thomas added. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ignored reporters' questions just off the chamber floor Monday about Trump's phone call, as the vast majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill have also chosen not to speak out.
Rep. Adam Kin zinger (R-Ill.) is one of the exceptions, who in recent weeks has increasingly sounded the alarm about his concerns with the effort by fellow Republicans to contest Congress certifying President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory set to take place Wednesday. As the “Save America” rally in support of President Donald Trump turned into a riot inside and outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, January 6, resulting in the death of one rioter, the Reverend Al Sharpton expressed his disgust in an emailed statement to Heavy.
“There could be no greater proof the horrifying chaos we are witnessing that President Trump is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the civil rights activist, National Action Network founder and MSNBC personality wrote. “It may well be that President Trump believes the fantasies he has woven about his electoral defeat, but his enablers in Congress surely know better, and they must face consequences for the disaster they have wrought,” Sharpton wrote.
“CPA strongly condemns the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol Building,” read a statement from the organization. This was a direct assault on our democratic process, and nothing less than an attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in a presidential election and an act of sedition.
GettyPresident Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election. The violence on Capitol Hill began after Trump ’s “Save America March” outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon, where he again refused to concede and urged Congress not to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
While speaking, Trump admonished Republicans Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, and Bill Barr, as well as the Supreme Court, for not overturning his election loss to Joe Biden. President-elect Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, according to reports.
Three New Jersey Democrats called Wednesday for impeaching President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting the violence by his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Tom Malinowski, who were forced to flee the U.S. Capitol, said Trump ’s actions made him unfit for the presidency.
“Given the magnitude of the stakes, it would be important if we move in the direction to do it swiftly and on a bipartisan basis, and there are Republican members of this body who would, I believe, be prepared to consider that at this point.” “When he leaves office, Trump must be prosecuted for his crimes, including his incitement to violence,” said Parcel, a fierce opponent of the president.
Violence broke out after protesters marched to the Capitol following a rally where Trump repeated his disproven allegations of voter fraud. At the time, the House and Senate were debating Republican objections to electoral vote counts in battleground states, challenges that had no chance of succeeding because majorities of both chambers indicated they would reject them.
The impeachment resolution accuses Trump of encouraging supporters to come in Washington “with the sole purpose of inciting violence and obstruct Congress in engaging in its constitutionally mandated legislative business of certifying the Electoral College results of the 2020 election.” After the Capitol was secured, Trump appeared to sympathize with the protesters, who followed the president’s urging and brought their grievances to Congress.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” he said in a tweet that Twitter later removed. “The world was watching as a sitting American president attempted to takedown democracy by inciting chaos and violence, because he cannot accept that he lost an election,” tweeted Rep. Albion Sires, D-8th Dist.
Parcel and Sires also signed onto a resolution authorized by Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., calling for the expulsion of those lawmakers who have sought to overturn the election. Most of the House Republican conference, including Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd Dist., urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election results in several battleground states and give the presidency to Trump.
And several congressional Republicans, including Van Drew, said they would object to certifying the electoral votes in several contested states, thus denying Biden the victory he received Nov. 3. But the third-ranking House Republican, Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who did not sign onto the Texas lawsuit, said Trump was solely to blame for Wednesday’s violence.
(Bloomberg) -- Representative Liz Cheney, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House, came under attack Tuesday from a group of outspoken conservatives who accused her of being disloyal to President Donald Trump. Florida Representative Matt Gaeta, who’s closely aligned himself with Trump, led the charge against Cheney, tweeting that she’s worked behind the scenes and in public to undercut the president and called for her to step down from her leadership post or be removed.
But she has openly questioned whether Trump was aware of reports that the Russians offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. troops and called for a more aggressive posture toward the Kremlin. She also publicly defended Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a time when he was under fire from the White House and some Trump allies.