Rep. Lamb To Republican Colleagues: 'The Truth Hurts'
In an early morning speech that almost caused a brawl on the House floor, Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) said it was important to communicate how low political rhetoric had sunk. He tells Lawrence O'Donnell the moment "required honesty" so people knew how committed "we were to coming back stronger than ever in rebuilding Congress and making it work." Aired on 1/8/2021.
"What happened here today was an insurrection, supported by the president of the United States," Republican Senator Mitt Romney said on the Senate floor following the violent protests at the Capitol. Romney denounced false claims of election fraud and said it was time to tell voters the truth, earning sustained applause in the chamber. Watch his remarks. Some Republicans are urging members of their own party to reject conspiracy theories and call out extremism ahead of Inauguration Day. Elizabeth Neumann, co-director of the Republican Accountability Project and former assistant secretary of counterterrorism and threat prevention at the Department of Homeland Security under the Trump administration, joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano with more. Two Republican members of the House of Representatives tell CNN that they expect at least 140 of their GOP colleagues in the House to vote against counting the electoral votes on January 6 when Congress is expected to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
President Donald Trump's Republican allies have virtually zero chance of changing the result, only to delay by a few hours the inevitable affirmation of Biden as the Electoral College winner and the next president.
There have been no credible allegations of any issues with voting that would have impacted the election, as affirmed by dozens of judges, governors, election officials, the Electoral College, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Supreme Court. But Trump is determined to claim he didn't lose -- which he did, significantly -- and many GOP politicians either share his delusion or fear provoking his wrath -- even if that means voting to undermine democracy.
Both a House member and senator are required to mount an objection when Congress counts the votes. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said Wednesday he will object, which will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept the results of Biden's victory. Other senators -- including incoming ones -- could still join that effort, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately urged Republicans not to do.
Trump has been pushing for Congress to try to overturn the election result as his campaign's attempts to overturn the election through the courts have been repeatedly rejected.
#KaitlinCollins The #US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a defeat to Republicans seeking to throw out up to 2.5 million mail-in ballots in #Pennsylvania as they try to undo President Donald #Trump's election loss, with the justices refusing to block the state from formalizing President-elect Joe #Biden's victory there. FRANCE 24's Kethevane Gorjestani tells us more.