Republican members of Congress who voted against certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory, even after a mob stormed the Capitol, are being criticized by critics in their home districts who are demanding they resign or be ousted.
Protesters, newspaper editorial boards and Democrats at the local level have urged lawmakers to step down or their colleagues to kick them out. The House and Senate can remove members with a two-thirds vote or censor or reprimand with a majority.
Representative Madison Cawthorn “must be held accountable for her seditious behavior and the consequences resulting from that behavior,” wrote a group of Democratic officials in a letter calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to expel rookie Caroline from. North who was sworn in. January 3.
Cawthorn said he had a constitutional duty to vote against Biden. He condemned the violence in Wednesday’s attack, but compared it to last summer’s protests against police brutality. These protests never violated a government building during official business.
A Capitol policeman died and an officer shot and killed a woman in the crowd. Three other people have died from medical emergencies in the chaos, forcing lawmakers and staff to go into hiding as rioters walked the halls of one of America’s most sacred buildings.
Pelosi and other Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing for President Donald Trump to be impeached for encouraging the insurgency and refusing to act to end the violence. But they’re not wondering whether lawmakers who backed the false claims of voter fraud that led to the melee should be punished.
Most of the previous expulsions involved members who had supported the Confederacy during the Civil War or for accepting bribes.
On Saturday in St. Louis, several hundred people demonstrated against Senator Josh Hawley, the first-term Republican from Missouri who led the Senate’s efforts to overturn Biden’s election. Protesters painted “RESIGN HAWLEY” in big yellow letters in the middle of the street.
A caravan of around 40 cars surrounded Senator Ron Johnson’s office in Madison, Wisconsin, urging him to resign. Johnson initially supported Trump’s baseless claims of electoral fraud, but after the riot he voted in favor of Biden’s victory. Johnson condemned the violence but did not rule out allegations of voter fraud.
The editorial boards of two of Wisconsin’s biggest newspapers have called on Johnson to step down, joining editorials across the country that targeted GOP politicians.
The Houston Chronicle, long critic of Senator Ted Cruz, said in an op-ed that the Republican knew exactly what he was doing and what could happen when he went to the Senate to challenge the election results.
“These terrorists wouldn’t have been on Capitol Hill if you hadn’t staged this absurd challenge to the 2020 results,” the newspaper wrote.
Cruz called the attack a despicable act of terrorism, but he continues to press for a commission to investigate the presidential election.
In Alabama, the Decatur Daily called on local representative Mo Brooks to step down. The York Dispatch in Pennsylvania, Congressman Scott Perry is “a disgrace to Pennsylvania and our democracy,” and if he still believes Biden’s election to be fraudulent, he should resign because that means his election was also bogus. Perry condemned the violence on Capitol Hill.
Danville’s Register and the Bee in Virginia, said his representative, Bob Good, must leave because his words hit the matches that led to the destructive crowds. Good said his vote was to protect his constituents.
The invading Trump loyalists “clashed with security personnel, and there were injuries and even deaths,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote. “And you are just as guilty as they are.”