Following the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to not hear the case brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over election fraud, as so often happens in Washington, retribution is being contemplated.
Texas, along with multiple other states concerned with the election, and more than 100 United States representatives, brought their case in good faith, believing that there was a real threat to free elections for one of the three branches of government in the United States, and while the SCOTUS was well within their own rights to turn down the case, it’s not within anyone’s rights to punish a person, or entity, for availing themselves of another one of the branches of government; the judicial system.
The third branch, Congress, however, seems to believe that they can squelch any future uprisings on the part of a party that is supposed to be content wearing the dunce cap that the left is attempting to forcibly smash onto their heads.
To that end, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to refuse to seat any of the 126 Republicans who had the audacity to sign onto the amicus brief that supported Texas suit that aimed to overturn the presumed election results where former Vice President Joe Biden was called the winner, according to a report in Forbes.
“Pascrell, who has been among the most vocal proponents in Congress of investigations into President Trump, called on Pelosi in a letter to “exclude” any members who signed the brief, claiming they want to “tear the United States government apart.”
The New Jersey representative began his letter by talking about what he believed was the legal and completely legitimate election of former Vice President Joe Biden to the office of president on Nov. 3 (and fourth and fifth, as the states seemed to see fit) saying that Biden “was elected to be the 46th President of the United States” by what he called “overwhelming margins in the popular vote and the electoral college.”
According to Pascrell, despite a “decisive victory” Trump and other Republicans have “commenced a daily assault” on the election, and it’s legitimacy, “seeking to have the results invalidated.” And not to put too fine a point on the issue, the Democrat finally got to the crux of the issue:
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was written after the Civil War to bar from government any traitors who would seek to destroy the Union.
My letter to House leadership today demands that 126 Republicans (and counting) are violating the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/4ti0OU1kpP
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) December 11, 2020
“Tragically, Members of our House of Representatives are supporting and amplifying these attacks on democracy…” He continued, citing various convenient snippets of the Constitution, which he believes would allow the House Speaker to disqualify any of those 126 from sitting for their upcoming terms in office.
“Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” he said in his statement. “These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend.”
“The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States,” Pascrell said. “Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”
“Today I’m calling on House leaders to refuse to seat any Members trying to overturn the election and make Donald Trump an unelected dictator,” Pascrell said in a tweet.
“I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator,” Pascrell said.
While the House Speaker did not directly address whether she would acquiesce to Pascrell’s request, she did state that, “Republicans are subverting the Constitution by their reckless and fruitless assault on our democracy,” in her own letter, which was released after Pascrell’s.
In a letter to House Democrats, @TeamPelosi calls the Texas lawsuit “an act of flailing GOP desperation, which violates the principles enshrined in our American Democracy.”
“Republicans are subverting the Constitution by their reckless and fruitless assault on our democracy.” pic.twitter.com/v4SKAkzJxQ
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 11, 2020
Trump attorney Jenna Ellis posted about the retribution along with the comment, “This is what undermining democracy looks like.
“Democrats want to punish the few courageous Republicans we have left for filing a good faith amicus in support of upholding the Constitution and rule of law.”
Congress is just trolling each other at this point, despite currently being in session specifically to pass relief for millions of suffering Americans. https://t.co/G3ZOL0rcMs
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 11, 2020