Rep. Ilhan Omar backs Rep. Bill Pascrell’s demand
Following the Supreme Court’s denial of the Texas lawsuit—later joined by 17 states, New Jersey Democrat Rep. Bill Pascrell is demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuse to seat the 126 House Republicans who supported the Texas suit.
LI readers may recall Pascrell filing complaints against and trying to get lawyers representing President Trump disbarred.
Invoking the 14th Amendment regarding the disqualification from public office of anyone “engaged in insurrection or rebellion,” Pascrell asserts that these Republicans committed “unbecoming acts that reflect poorly on our chamber” and as such should not be seated.
Today I’m calling on House leaders to refuse to seat any Members trying to overturn the election and make donald trump an unelected dictator. pic.twitter.com/icTmGKCpuR
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) December 11, 2020
If you can’t view the embed in the tweet, here is Pascrell’s statement:
New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell has called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to refuse to seat 126 Republicans who signed on to a Texas lawsuit aimed at throwing out election results in four states that backed President-elect Joe Biden.
The Supreme Court declined to hear the case in a short, unsigned statement on Friday evening but by that time 126 GOP members of the House had joined an amicus brief in support of the suit.
Pascrell, a Democrat who represents New Jersey’s 9th congressional district, invoked Reconstruction Era “safeguards to cleanse from our government ranks any traitors and others that would destroy the union.”
“I’m demanding that the 126 Republicans who have endorsed a malignant lawsuit to overturn the will of the people and undermine our democracy not be seated in Congress,” Pascrell tweeted on Friday.
In a letter to Pelosi, Pascrell cited Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution which “gives each chamber of Congress the ultimate authority to decide their membership.”
He also invoked the 14th Amendment, passed in the wake of Southern secession and the Civil War. Section 3 of the amendment forbids anyone from holding office in federal or state government who “having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Sometimes life comes at you fast.
NJ Congressman who pushed Russian Collusion hoax now wants to punish GOP Reps for looking into Election fraud. pic.twitter.com/WmuBiihXbd
— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) December 12, 2020
To no one’s surprise, Pascrell’s equally TDS-deranged fellow traveler and socialist “Squad” member Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar backs this ludicrous (and not a little ironic) demand that Representatives be barred from taking the office to which they were duly elected by voters in their districts.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 11, 2020
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