Even after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed the U.S. Capitol yesterday and disrupted Congress’s official counting of the electoral faculty votes, most of Arizona’s GOP congressional representatives voted to overturn the state’s election outcomes.
The coup-attempt was so stunning that even many Republican Senators who beforehand stated they might object to the electoral faculty depend, parroting Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen, abandoned their dissent. Their change of coronary heart additionally adopted Trump serving to incite yesterday’s riot along with his rhetoric whereas failing strongly condemn the violence. Finally, Congress ratified former Vice President Joe Biden because the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
However many of the Republicans in Arizona’s congressional delegation nonetheless voted to reject their state’s electoral college votes, regardless of no proof of election fraud or malfeasance in Arizona. Republican representatives Paul Gosar (4th District – Prescott), Andy Biggs (fifth District – Mesa), and Debbie Lesko (eighth District – Shock) voted for the objection, whereas solely Consultant David Schweikert voted towards it.
Naturally, all of Arizona’s Congressional Democrats voted towards the objection.
Lesko denounced yesterday’s violence in a tweet earlier than placing out an announcement justifying her vote to overturn Arizona’s electoral faculty votes within the presidential election. She appeared to reference the last-minute emergency extension of Arizona’s voter registration deadline, which a federal decide initially granted earlier than an appeals court docket subsequently cut off new registrations slightly over per week later. (Notably, the Republican Celebration gained more voters throughout the prolonged registration interval than Democrats.)
“I voted to uphold the U.S. Structure by objecting to Arizona’s electors,” she wrote on Twitter. “The U.S. Structure says that states have to comply with their state’s election legal guidelines in presidential elections. Since AZ’s voter registration deadline regulation was violated, the U.S. Structure was violated.”
I voted to uphold the U.S. Structure by objecting to Arizona’s electors. The U.S. Structure says that states have to comply with their state’s election legal guidelines in presidential elections. Since AZ’s voter registration deadline regulation was violated, the U.S. Structure was violated.
— Debbie Lesko (@DebbieLesko) January 7, 2021
In a recorded video statement printed earlier than the mob’s storming of the capitol, Biggs additionally cited the prolonged voter registration deadline.
“I will be objecting for Arizona. I do not suppose these votes needs to be counted,” Biggs stated. “What occurred this yr is federal courts intervened, they modified the principles in Arizona, and we had no less than 32,000 folks eligible to vote who could be in any other case illegal voters.”
Democratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema praised the state’s dealing with of the 2020 November election throughout her ground speech.
“The 2020 Arizona election was a hit — not for anyone occasion or particular person, however as an indication of the need of Arizona voters,” she stated. “The Arizona election produced bipartisan outcomes, by which members of each events gained races — and these outcomes have been confirmed by stakeholders throughout the political spectrum.”
“Eight challenges contesting the Arizona election have been delivered to federal and state courts. All eight have been withdrawn or dismissed – together with a unanimous ruling by Arizona’s Supreme Court docket,” she added. “Arizona and our 15 counties needs to be congratulated for working a safe election.”
Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego (District 7 – Phoenix) blasted Republicans pushing the objection in a tweet issued after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.
“If you’re a Republican that signed up for these bogus objections to the electoral faculty now could be the time to get your identify off the objection,” he wrote. “Your phrases lit this fireplace. That is your probability to save lots of your self, your dignity and your nation.”
If you’re a Republican that signed up for these bogus objections to the electoral faculty now could be the time to get your identify off the objection. Your phrases lit this fireplace. That is your probability to save lots of your self, your dignity and your nation.
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) January 7, 2021
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