This past Presidential election and its aftermath have caused many Americans to raise questions regarding our democracy they never expected to have before. While the President continued to deny the election’s results, citing wild conspiracies of mass voter fraud, rigged voting machines and illegally cast ballots, something unexpected happened… Republicans actually went along with the narrative. But these Republicans weren’t just any Republicans - they were members of The United States House and Senate.
Eight senators and one-hundred-thirty-nine representatives. That's how many lawmakers voted to overturn election results for either Arizona, Pennsylvania or both, even after the devastating capitol riots shut down the congressional proceedings. Whether these lawmakers did this strictly for political gain or from a true belief that the election was fraudulent, we may never actually know. But the votes raise another question amongst the public. Did these Republican lawmakers violate their oath of office? In the oath of office, lawmakers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Does their rhetoric discrediting a free and fair election as well as their votes in the house and senate violate this oath? It appears clear even to some Republican lawmakers that, to some extent, Trump’s words and actions regarding the election contributed to the eventual storming of the capitol by destructive right-wing rioters on January 6th. The over 140 lawmakers that went along with Trump’s message, the majority of whom voted to overturn election results even after the riots, may need to be called into question as well.
Some Democrats in the House have introduced legislation to investigate the actions of these Republican lawmakers. House Resolution 25, introduced by Representative Cori Bush of St. Louis, aims to launch an investigation into lawmakers who sought to overturn the election’s results. Specifically, the resolution seeks to have the Committee on Ethics investigate whether actions by the members of congress who opposed the election’s outcome violated their oaths of office. Furthermore, it asks that the committee consider whether or not those members should face sanction or removal.
Two Republican Senators in particular, Senators Ted