Although the effort received the support of more than 100 House Republicans, a Texas suit challenging the results of last month’s presidential election nevertheless failed to find an audience at the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
In response to the lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, one House Democrat is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) not to seat any Republican members who signed on in favor of the court challenge.
“Any Members trying to overturn the election”
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) offered his input on Friday in the form of a public statement he shared on Twitter, along with additional commentary.
He began by announcing that he was “calling on House leaders to refuse to seat any Members trying to overturn the election,” suggesting that doing so would make President Donald Trump “an unelected dictator.”
As his official statement on the matter asserted: “Stated simply, the men and women who would act to tear the United States Government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress.”
Pascrell called the “lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system” are an “attack” on the “text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend.”
As The Hill explained, he is basing his argument on allegations of sedition against the GOP lawmakers who supported the suit, citing the 14th Amendment’s prohibition on Congress members “from engaging in rebellion against the United States.”
“Subverting the Constitution”
According to CNBC, 126 House Republicans ultimately backed the Texas lawsuit, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“The president, he has to make sure that every legal vote is counted, every recount is done, and make sure every complaint [is being] heard inside court,” he said.
It is only after those efforts are exhausted, McCarthy argued, that “the election will be over and the electors will make their decision.”
Although Pelosi has shown no signs that she will honor Pascrell’s request, she did accuse the 126 Republicans of “subverting the Constitution.”
In a statement on Friday, she wrote: “This lawsuit is an act of flailing GOP desperation, which violates the principles enshrined in our American Democracy. As Members of Congress, we take a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution. 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.”