Republicans are subverting the Constitution by their reckless and fruitless assault on our democracy which threatens to seriously erode public trust in our most sacred democratic institutions, and to set back our progress on the urgent challenges ahead. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Republicans are subverting the Constitution by their reckless and fruitless assault on our democracy which threatens to seriously erode public trust in our most sacred democratic institutions, and to set back our progress on the urgent challenges ahead. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
New Jersey representative asks Pelosi to 'refuse to seat' any House members who supported Trump's election lawsuits
  • Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from New Jersey, urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "refuse to seat" any members who supported President Donald Trump's baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
  • After the race was called for President-elect Joe Biden, Trump launched a series of legal defenses to overturn the results. Of the dozens of lawsuits filed, he's won none.
  • "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," Pascrell said on Friday.
"Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress," he said in a statement. "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."

Pascrell cited section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which states that no elected member "shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the United States or its various governing bodies.

"The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States," Pascrell said. "Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."