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If Republicans regain the U.S. House of Representatives this year, they could cancel a future presidential election, warned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.
“If we lose the House, it’s no joke,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a town hall on Wednesday. “January 6 was a trial run, and a lot of people don’t seem to understand that.”
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“It was a trial run, and they’re going to come back,” the MP said. warned. “Here’s the technicality of what happened on January 6: The only reason it wasn’t worse is because the Democrats had the House and they didn’t have the votes in the House. .”
“If they take the House, then they have the votes to not authorize and legitimize the presidential election, regardless of the results,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded.
On January 6, 2021, after then-President Trump repeatedly claimed the 2020 election was stolen from him, thousands of his supporters left his rally at Freedom Plaza near the White House and marched are directed to the Capitol. Lawmakers evacuated the complex and temporarily suspended certification of Electoral College results as rioters broke through police lines and entered the building.
A Capitol Police officer fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, 35 Aviation veteran, who was trying to force his way into the Chamber. Another person died during the riot after suffering a drug overdose, and two others died naturally from medical emergencies. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol police officer, was pepperminted spraying during the chaos and died the next day after suffering two thromboembolic strokes. Four other officers who responded to the riot committed suicide in the months that followed.
Most Republican lawmakers strongly condemned the riot, though many voted to oppose the election results in specific states.
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Six Senate Republicans and 121 House Republicans supported their objections to certification of the Arizona election results, while seven Senate Republicans and 138 House Republicans opposed certification of the Pennsylvania results. It remains unclear whether those Republicans would support those votes.
Those numbers represented a small portion of Republicans in the Senate (six and seven of 51) and a majority of Republicans in the House (121 and 138 of 211). It would have taken a majority of the House and Senate to block certification of the Electoral College votes. Even if the events of the 2020 election were repeated in 2024 and Republicans had a dominant majority in both chambers, these numbers do not suggest that Republicans would unite to nullify an election in both chambers.
Republicans cited alleged irregularities, new voting policies justified in the name of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit organization that funneled money to local election offices, funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Republicans have defended the reforms they are framing in terms of bolstering the integrity of elections, reversing some COVID-19 measures.
Meanwhile, Democrats have condemned GOP reforms as attempts to curtail voting rights, with President Biden calling Georgia’s electoral reform law “Jim Crow on steroids.” (A fact-checker criticized Biden’s characterization as “incredibly dishonest.”)
In January, Biden balked at whether he would recognize the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm election results, if Democrats’ electoral reform bills fail Congress.
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“The increase in the prospect of it being illegitimate is directly proportional to our failure to push through these reforms,” the president said. He added that Democrats were not going to assume “that the attempt fails.”
Critics mocked Ocasio-Cortez for claiming, “I thought I was going to die” during the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot.