Merriam-Webster defines the word “treason” as “the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance.” There are 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who did just that in broad daylight last week.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s absurd attempt to overthrow the 2020 elections was flatly rejected on Friday night by the Supreme Court. Coming hard after that court’s equally unequivocal dismissal of a Pennsylvania case seeking similar ends, you’d think this legal sideshow is over now, right? Nah.
Many of the names of these democracy-despising Republican representatives are unknown outside of their own districts — Robert Aderholt of Alabama, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Fred Keller of Pennsylvania — but there are more than a few doozies on the list. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy jumped in late, joining Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan. They represent the rancid cream of the GOP crop in that chamber, and one of their Democratic colleagues is having none of it.
“Stated simply, the men and women who would act to tear the United States Government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” argued Pascrell in a statement addressed to the House majority leadership. “These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend.”Truthout The 126 GOP House Reps Who Tried to Overthrow Democracy Must Not Be Seated