McConnell Joins Democrats To Endorse Election Reform

0
616

On January 6, 2021, the Big Lie started by Donald Trump and his supporters – the lie that said Trump really won the 2020 election but had it stolen from him by Democrats, Republican secretaries of state, poll workers, election officials, a vote tabulating machine company, President Obama and Secretary Clinton, Italy, and the long-dead former president of Venezuela – resulted in tragedy. Believing Trump when he said that then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the election, his supporters raided the U.S. Capitol Building and tried to stage a coup.

Although the founders of the United States never thought to explicitly state that a vice president cannot simply wave a wand and change an election’s results, no one had ever tried to say it had. Trump made it necessary for legislation to be written preventing another, similar outcome, having watched rioters erect a gallows pole and chant “hang Mike Pence” because he couldn’t overturn the election and wouldn’t try.

That legislation comes in the form of the The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, sponsored by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (WV) and Republican Senator Susan Collins (MA). Another bill drafted by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (R-CA) passed the House last week, but the bill crafted by Manchin and Collins has bipartisan endorsement, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and will likely pass as a result. The two bills differ only in scope; the Cheney/Lofgren one included expanded access to the ballot box.

According to The Washington Post:

‘After the 2020 election, President Donald Trump had falsely told his supporters that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to reject electoral votes already certified by the states. Pence did not do so — and has repeatedly emphasized that the Constitution provides the vice president with no such authority. But on Jan. 6, many in the pro-Trump mob that overran the Capitol began chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” on the misguided belief that the vice president could have stopped Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.’

Twitter was stunned to see any bipartisanship happen and made their voices heard on the news. Read some of their comments below:

Screen-Shot-2022-09-27-at-5.18.13-PM McConnell Joins Democrats To Endorse Election Reform Domestic Policy Featured Politics Top Stories Screen-Shot-2022-09-27-at-5.18.29-PM McConnell Joins Democrats To Endorse Election Reform Domestic Policy Featured Politics Top Stories Screen-Shot-2022-09-27-at-5.18.46-PM McConnell Joins Democrats To Endorse Election Reform Domestic Policy Featured Politics Top Stories Screen-Shot-2022-09-27-at-5.19.19-PM McConnell Joins Democrats To Endorse Election Reform Domestic Policy Featured Politics Top Stories Screen-Shot-2022-09-27-at-5.19.35-PM McConnell Joins Democrats To Endorse Election Reform Domestic Policy Featured Politics Top Stories