The legislature discussed US. Sen Ted Cruz’s objection to the Arizona vote count when the chaos ensued

by Abby Livingston

Jan 6, 2021

Updated: 5:56 pm

The US. The Capitol fell into chaos on Wednesday after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building and disrupted the electoral college certification debate.The disruption stalled discussion, an objection from U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas for certification of results from Arizona

The violent disturbance caused Congress to abandon the ceremonial counting of votes in order to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Many members had to seek refuge

“The Capitol has been breached and both chambers are locked”, US. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, said on Twitter shortly after the injury, “This is the chaos and lawlessness that @realDonaldTrump created”

But by the evening, the leaders of Congress said they were determined to complete the work to confirm Biden’s victory House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had consulted with Vice President Mike Pence and military and law enforcement officials and made a decision To meet again Wednesday night Texas Senator John Cornyn reportedly told reporters that the Senate was also planning to convene

The Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon that Republican lawmakers were intervening with Cruz, urging him and others to abandon their objections. Cruz had given no public indication that he was going to do so

Before the chaos began, a number of Texas Republicans in the US. House had expressed intent to object to certification, citing unfounded allegations of widespread electoral fraud on Saturday, Cruz led a group of Senate Republicans who said they would object to Wednesday’s trial and instead “Initiate a 10-day emergency review of election results in the contested states” “

“I would like to call on both sides, maybe a little less certainty and a little more appreciation that we are gathered at a time when democracy is in crisis,” he said in the Senate on Wednesday, “latest polls show that 39% of Americans believe the election that just took place was rigged “You may disagree with this assessment, but it is a reality for almost half the country

“Even if you do not share this conviction, I believe that it is the responsibility of this Office to recognize that this poses a profound threat to this country and the legitimacy of future administrations”

Cruz has long been a leader in efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the elections, expressing support for lawsuits aimed at reversing the results and criticizing the vote counting process in swing states

On Wednesday he stood during a joint meeting of the US. House and the US. Senate to register his objection alongside US Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona Gosar spoke first, saying he had objections to the counting of votes from his home state Vice President Mike Pence then asked if the objection was in writing and signed by a Senator, and Cruz replied, “It is” / p>

The basis of the objection was the justification that the votes “were not cast regularly under all known circumstances. Neither Cruz nor Gosar elaborated on the decision. The House and Senate then delved into the matter to discuss the objection in their chambers.” p>

It was widely expected that Cruz’s appeal would fail in both the House and Senate Democrats control the U.S. House and a coalition of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate should also put his objections down in this chamber.The other state Senator, John Cornyn, announced he would not join the effort, but a number of Republicans from Texas have had in recent days announced they would object

The objections are based on allegations of widespread electoral fraud in the contested states There is no credible evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 Trump elections and many of his supporters have claimed the election was stolen from him with lawsuits aimed at revoking the results have repeatedly failed in court

Prior to the disruption, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – a close ally of Cornyn – took the floor of the Senate during the Arizona debate and delivered an unusually emotional speech against the efforts of Cruz and his colleagues

“We are debating a move unprecedented in American history whether Congress should override voters and overturn a presidential election,” said McConnell. “I’ve served in the Senate for 36 years. This will be the most important vote I’ve ever given in

“Nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have affected the entire election,” he added. “Nor, on its own, can public doubt justify a radical break if the doubt itself instigated without evidence The Constitution gives us a limited role here in Congress. We can’t just declare ourselves national steroids electoral board. The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. They have all spoken. If we overrode them, our republic would be forever harm This choice was actually not unusually narrow “

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