WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik, speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday night, called violent protests which breached the Capitol building “truly un-American,” before highlighting claims discrediting presidential votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
“Tens of millions of Americans are concerned that the 2020 election featured unconstitutional overreach by unelected state officials and judges ignoring state election laws,” Stefanik said. “We can and we should peacefully and respectfully discuss these concerns.”
Lawmakers were on capitol hill earlier in the day to certify the electoral votes from November’s election, when pro-Trump protests turned violent. Dozens of supporters of President Trump got past security and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting. One woman was shot inside the Capitol building and has died. Officials say three more people died from “medical emergencies.”
The violence prompted Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser to impose a city-wide curfew at 6 p.m. and more than 1,000 National Guard members were mobilized to control the chaos. The Capitol building was eventually cleared by security, and lawmakers reconvened around 8 p.m.
Stefanik is one of more than a hundred Republicans in Congress who were prepared to object to the outcome of November’s election.
“I believe that the most precious foundation and the covenant of our Republic is the right to vote, and the faith in the sanctity of our nation’s free and fair elections,” Stefanik said on the House floor. “And we must work together in this House to rebuild that faith, so that our elections are free, fair, secure, and safe, and most importantly, that the are according to the United States Constitution.”
“To the tens of thousands of constituents who have reached out to me, thank you. Please know that I’m listening and I hear you, both those who agree and disagree,” Stefanik said.
State elections officials have repeatedly said there was no fraud or impropriety in November’s election. The vast majority of lawsuits filed on behalf of the Trump campaign have been defeated in court.
Stefanik signed objections to electors in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, but voted to certify electors from all other states.
Lawmakers certified electoral votes into Thursday morning. An objection to the electoral vote in Arizona was rejected, while objections for Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada all failed because no U.S. Senators joined those efforts. As of Thursday morning, an objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral vote was under deliberation, but is expected to be rejected.
The entire process is expected to end with the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s November win.