Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a Republican from New Jersey, said that Democrats who are calling for him to be booted from the House for backing the Texas lawsuit that challenged the election results in several key battleground states is calling their argument “absurd.”
“Well, I guess it is because we support the president and I guess it is because we were worried about election integrity,” the former Democrat said to the hosts of “Fox & Friends.”
Van Drew stated that “regardless of the issue,” with President Trump, our country needs to have assurance of the “highest level of integrity in the U.S. election.”
“Quite frankly, we haven’t and we have been retrogressing. Years ago, we were actually doing better with elections than we are now,” he said.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., sent a letter Friday urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to consider blocking more than 100 Republican lawmakers from taking office because of their support for Trump’s lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results.
The letter calls out the 126 Republicans who joined the president’s lawsuit, which was headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Friday, the court rejected that case.
“The courageous Reconstruction Congress implanted into our governing document safeguards to cleanse from our government ranks any traitors and others who would seek to destroy the Union,” he said.
The 12-term legislator went on to quote the 14th Amendment, which blocks individuals from serving in office if they engaged in an “insurrection or rebellion.”
“I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator,” Pascrell wrote in the letter.
Today I’m calling on House leaders to refuse to seat any Members trying to overturn the election and make donald trump an unelected dictator. pic.twitter.com/icTmGKCpuR
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) December 11, 2020
Van Drew went on to say the “important issue is that certain states changed their election laws and the way they went about voting in a very serious and significant way, without the legislature meeting and voting on it.”
“That is unconstitutional, it is not legal, I believe in the rule of law, they absolutely should have had a meeting of those folks obviously that are in the legislature and that is what this suit is all about and that is what this concern is about,” Van Drew continued.
“The notion that after the people voted for me that I couldn’t sit in the House of Representatives, that you would literally disenfranchise my voters in my district, is an absurd notion,” he concluded.
This is exactly right. You can’t cancel out the will of the people who voted for Van Drew just because he supported a lawsuit that you disagreed with.
Democrats seemed to have confused our nation with Communist China. That’s not how any of this works. Not a bit of it. Don’t these people take some sort of civics course or something to understand the Constitution at the most basic level?