Donald Trump will forever be known as the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup, yet many in the GOP continue to cling to him for radical votes. Even voting to prevent a coup in the future is a step too far for some of them. After all, Trump is watching and waiting for a second chance to overthrow democracy.
🚨ALERT: In a 229-203 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Presidential Election Reform Act. The bill would reform the antiquated Electoral Count Act, which governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes.https://t.co/QsFaBp3Dze
— Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) September 21, 2022
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) crafted a bipartisan bill meant to prevent coup attempts like Trump’s in the future. The bill makes clear that state legislatures have no power to overturn elections and that Congress alone has the right to set the time limit on when states must send their electors to cast their votes on behalf of the states. Although this bill is originalist in its text, the GOP, the party that claims to be constitutional originalists when it suits them to be, had only nine representatives willing to sign on.
According to Democracy Docket:
‘The bill, introduced earlier this week by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), is designed to prevent a repeat of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol during the counting of Electoral College votes. The bill passed 229-203, with all Democrats and nine Republicans voting in favor.’
Regardless of the GOP’s unwillingness to prevent a coup in the future, the bill passed with a vote of 229-203. It will now head to the Senate, where a less aggressive bill that passed previously will be reconciled with the newly passed Lofgren/Cheney bill.
Twitter was utterly unsurprised to hear of the GOP’s unwillingness to ensure that future elections won’t be unfairly stolen. Read some of their comments below: