Yesterday, the Electoral College met to cast their votes based on the 2020 United States Presidential Election that took place on November 3rd. Former Vice President Joe Biden was confirmed as our President-elect. With that, more Republican members of Congress have begun admitting the obvious, that Democrat Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.
Last week, 126 Republican members of Congress and 17 Republican state attorneys general voiced their support for a lawsuit filed with the Supreme Court by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The goal of that lawsuit was to challenge election results in four states including Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden during this year’s Presidential Election. The Supreme Court last Friday rejected the lawsuit. Some have said these members of Congress and state attorney generals were attempting to subvert the will of the American electorate by invalidating the votes of people in those states.
To discuss this topic and the state of America’s democracy, we welcome back political journalist, prognosticator and former Congressional staffer Cliston Brown. Giving his thoughts on the events of the last week and the failed attempt to have the Supreme Court hear the Attorney General of Texas’s lawsuit, he said this:
“The system held, but it didn’t hold by a whole lot. And I think that we definitely need to be looking at some new ways to protect the will of the voters in this country. When you’ve got 126 Republican members of Congress and 17 state attorney generals openly attempting to overturn the results of a free and fair election, that is a very disturbing event and it’s something that I don’t think we should take lightly. Yes, it was shut down by the Supreme Court. We are very fortunate in that regard, but I don’t think that we should underestimate the damage that is being done to our system by all these individuals essentially advocating for the idea that we should throw out the results of an election because their side didn’t win. This is very dangerous.”
In responding to the actions of some members of the Republican Party over the last week voicing support for the lawsuit, the political journalist believes that the Democratic Party’s messaging on these events has not been strong enough:
“What they need to be doing is coming out full throated against this and pointing out to people and making them understand the Republican Party is attempting to commit a coup d’etat against the legitimately elected government of the United States of America. They are trying to overthrow the government. And the Democratic Party will not come out and do this and it frustrates the living daylights out of me.”
Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this CYInterview to talk with Cliston Brown about why so many Republican government officials have gone along with trying to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election, among other topics.
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