A new petition urges voters to tell their representatives not to seat insurgent Reps. Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor-Green in the House.
Petitions from Free Speech For People and MoveOn tell voters to ask their representatives to challenge Gosar, Boebert and Greene’s eligibility under the disqualification clause.
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The coordinated and violent attack on the US Capitol to prevent Congress from ratifying the January 6, 2021 presidential election is an insurrection against America.
Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment expressly states that anyone who has previously sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and then engages in “rebellion or rebellion” against the United States (or provides “aid or comfort” to its enemies) is permanently disqualified. hold future public office.
Publicly available evidence shows that Rep. Paul Gosar helped fuel the insurrection before, during, and after January 6, 2021. Not only was he one of the few members of Congress to express support for the ongoing insurgency, but, according to news reports, Gosar even offered a “blanket amnesty” to the organizers of the demonstration before the attack in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. Unlawful acts of violence are encouraged.
In the weeks leading up to Jan. 6, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had publicly suggested that violence might be necessary to keep Trump in power, and she warned her followers not to let Congress peacefully transferred power and set the date “Our 1776 Moment” (a code word used by violent extremists to refer to attacks on government buildings) the night before the attack. Since then, Green has tried to justify the Jan. 6 violence, as evidenced by the Declaration of Independence, calling the convicted rebel participants “political prisoners of war.” In December 2022, she boasted that “if” she had organized the attack, “we would have won. Not to mention, it would have been armed.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert echoed Greene’s coded sentiments during the uprising, tweeting that “today is 1776.” Although she did not speak, she was promoted as the leader of the attack on the former Capitol protests. spokesman. Three days before the riot, Boebert released an ad in which she brandished a gun through a federal building, pledging to carry a handgun inside the Capitol, despite District of Columbia law prohibiting public carrying. Additionally, two Jan. 6 organizers told Rolling Stone that they had “dozens” of planning meetings with Boebert and several other members of Congress in the days leading up to the riot.
The House needs a two-thirds vote to disqualify a member, and with Republicans holding a narrow four-seat majority, the chances of a third of House Republicans voting to disqualify the insurgent triumvirate happen to be zero. .
Pressure and petitions like these matter because they keep the actions of House Republicans who supported Trump’s coup in the public mind. The petition won’t succeed, but it reminds us Americans haven’t forgotten 1/6.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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