Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are among those facing calls to step down after casting doubt over the election results. Their objections to the fair and free election weren’t just without merit, they are also being blamed for helping incite the mob that stormed Capitol Hill. According to the Washington Post, “five GOP senators sided with Trump to reject both states’ ballots; six objected only to Arizona’s, seven opposed Pennsylvania’s. But across the Capitol, two-thirds of House Republicans (139 members) favored rejecting at least one of those states’ electoral votes. Just under 60 percent (120 members) voted to overturn both states’ votes.” While there is no chance all (or any) of those people are going to resign, there is increasing pressure on certain members of what has become known as “The Sedition Caucus.”
I am calling for their immediate resignations.
If they do not resign, the Senate must expel them.
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) January 9, 2021
NBC News says “Hawley becomes a pariah on Capitol Hill.” The freshman Missouri Senator was seen raising a fist in support of protesters outside the Capitol, shortly before things turned violent. Now the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says, “Hawley was lying low — with critics labeling him a political opportunist whose efforts were partly responsible for the mayhem that engulfed the U.S. Capitol.” While his phone lines are reportedly lighting up with people asking for him to resign, the Republican is sticking by his decision with the newspaper writing: “His office then forwarded his earlier response to calls for his resignation, in which he said he wouldn’t apologize “for giving voice” to “millions” of people who have concerns about election integrity. ‘That’s my job, and I will keep doing it.'” (Watch more from the NBC affiliate in St.Louis above)
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) January 10, 2021
As for Cruz, The Houston Chronicle wrote, “We’re done with the drama. Done with the opportunism. Done with the cynical scheming that has now cost American lives… Resign, Mr. Cruz, and deliver Texas from the shame of calling you our senator.” A new ABC News/IPSOS poll found that 71% of Americans trust Cruz “not so much” or “not at all,” while just 10% said they trust him “a great deal.”
— MadDog Nanna ? (@nanna14075) January 10, 2021
The Senate will need to conduct security review of what happened and what went wrong, likely through Rules, Homeland and Judiciary. The Senate Ethics Committee also must consider the expulsion, or censure and punishment, of Sens. Cruz, Hawley, and perhaps others.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 11, 2021
House members are facing similar scenarios with many finding heavy criticism in their districts and around the nation. Bloomberg writes:
There was Representative Mo Brooks. “BAM! The fight for America’s Republic IS ON!” he tweeted on Jan. 6. “Today is the day that American Patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.” There was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who also ran interference for Trump during last year’s impeachment proceedings. “President Trump won this election, so everyone who’s listening, do not be quiet,” he said on Nov. 5.
Then there are people like Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who not only voted against certifying the votes, but also released an inflammatory video about bringing a gun with her to Congress. The Aspen Times says she “hasn’t even been serving her term for a full week and she’s already gone to great lengths to embarrass Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and the state as a whole.” Her tweets on January 6th are also raising a lot of eyebrows.
This is Congresswoman @laurenboebert, live tweeting Pelosi’s whereabouts to the traitorous mob on 1/6/21. Just before this, she informed the mob that they were locked in House Chambers. Leading them to the very leaders they were looking to EXECUTE. RESIGN #RemoveLaurenBoebert https://t.co/FuzixjUrui
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) January 10, 2021
The Harvard Crimson writes that the backlash against Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is also growing as nearly 700 Harvard affiliates have petitioned for Harvard’s Institute of Politics to disaffiliate with the university’s graduate. She has been a loyal and vocal Trump supporter.
@EliseStefanik I am a constituent in your district. Your response after the attack on the Capitol has proved that you are unfit to reside in Congress. Due to you constantly spreading false information, you are complicit for the attack and should resign. https://t.co/h7aSufEk95
— Kacey (@Kacey328) January 7, 2021
Sorry. I look at the behavior of Mo Brooks and Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, whom the NRCC supports, and I feel "disdain." A healthy society (and a healthy political party) seeks healing and unity; it also insists on disdaining what clearly deserves to be disdained. https://t.co/wmXzhmHVdP
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 11, 2021
Today Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) says she will introduce a “resolution to expel the members of Congress who tried to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist coup attempt that has left people dead. They have violated the 14th Amendment.”
The elected officials who amplified & repeated known lies about our elections served as drum corps to insurrectionists.
The drum major in the House was @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy.
Rep. McCarthy bears unique, elevated responsibility in all this chaos. He must resign.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2021