Over the weekend, Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) announced that she would be introducing a resolution on Monday calling for the expulsion from Congress of legislators who “tried to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist coup attempt that has left people dead.” The recent riot at the U.S. Capitol building, which is connected to at least five deaths, proceeded under the pretense of the false claims from members of Congress that the certified outcome of the presidential election — meaning Joe Biden’s victory — is doubtful. Even after Trump’s backers ransacked the Capitol, some Congressional Republicans voted against certifying some of Biden’s electoral votes.
In a Sunday Twitter message, Bush tweeted as follows:
‘Tomorrow, I’m introducing my 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. We can’t have unity without accountability.’
Tomorrow, I’m introducing my 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.
We can’t have unity without accountability.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 10, 2021
The Amendment to which she is referring bans individuals who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against either the federal government or state governments from serving in public office. Although Republicans have offered lofty excuses for their behavior, the obvious net effect of the Trump-allied fight against the election outcome is an affront against democracy itself. No matter any haughty, self-important claims otherwise, Republicans who backed the president’s fight against the election outcome sought the disqualification of millions of duly documented votes.
Congressional Republicans have attempted to justify their opposition to certifying Biden’s electoral college victory with talk of supposed reasons to worry about the security of the election, insisting that they merely wanted an audit of the results. These calls for an audit from individuals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ignorantly steamroll over the fact that election results in every single state across the country have gone through rounds and rounds of comprehensive verification. Furthermore, dozens of judges, including a slew of Trump’s own appointees, have rejected the claims of systematic fraud. Acting as though the presidential election outcome hasn’t already been thoroughly and comprehensively examined and then some is ridiculous and seems purposefully ignorant of basic reality.
Check out Twitter’s response to Congresswoman Bush below: