The Fayetteville Observer: Seven NC GOP lawmakers tried to block count of Electoral College votes
Even after a mob of violent Trump supporters swarmed and entered the Capitol on Wednesday, a handful of Republican senators and more than 100 Republican representatives stood by their decisions to vote against certifying the results of the presidential election.
Seven of North Carolina’s 10 Republican members of Congress voted Thursday to reject Arizona’s presidential election results, in an attempt to undermine the will of the people and block Biden from taking office.
These are the NC Republicans who voted to throw out the legal election results: Dan Bishop (District 9), Ted Budd (District 13), Madison Cawthorn (District 11), Virginia Foxx (District 5), Richard Hudson (District 8), Gregory Murphy (District 3) and David Rouzer (District 7).
Those five plus Murphy and Foxx voted to object to Pennsylvania, but they voted to accept the ones from Arizona.
Arizona has 11 Electoral College votes and Pennsylvania has 20. Biden led 306 to 232. A candidate needs 270 to win. The president sought to reverse the results in at least three battleground states to get a second term.
Republican U.S. House Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina voted to accept the ballots, as did the Republican U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr.
Democratic House Reps. Deborah Ross, David Price and G.K. Butterfield voted to accept the ballots.
Most notably, Rep. Madison Cawthorn is among the long list of Republican leaders that incited the domestic terror attack through their attempts to reject the votes from millions of Americans — with Cawthorn riling up a crowd of Trump supporters during a rally speech that preceded the attack on the Capitol.
Several local leaders are calling for an investigation into Cawthorn, claiming he is responsible for inciting violence that took place during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
These elected officials aligned themselves with the mobs intent — to deny a clear victory under false allegations of fraud peddled by the Trump administration. Not only did our lawmakers fail to uphold their constitutional duty, but put the nation, our democracy, and their colleagues at serious risk.
The cowardice of North Carolina’s seven elected officials should not go unpunished. They chose to protect their own interests during a time when the nation needed their leadership. And for Madison Cawthorn, who has been fueling Trump’s baseless claims for months, the collateral damage from his actions should bolster the call for his resignation. Cawthorn, along with the other Republican leaders, have violated their Oath of Office and have turned their backs on North Carolinians.
Bottom Line: North Carolina needs leaders who will serve to pass policies that will meet the people’s needs, uphold the U.S. Constitution and protect the integrity of our democracy. Anything less should be deemed as unfit.
It’s time for these seven traitors to resign.