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Editorial: These California congressmen betrayed voters on Jan. 6



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Because the nation absorbs the revelations from the congressional hearings on the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol — amongst them, that then-President Trump was surrounded by aides telling him there was no proof of voter fraud and that his scheme to have Vice President Mike Pence overturn the election outcomes was unlawful — voters should do not forget that 147 members of Congress had been complicit within the tried coup.

These eight senators and 139 Home members had been within the Capitol that day as a result of voters elected them to run our consultant democracy. And but they outrageously defied the need of American voters by refusing to certify Joe Biden’s election. Voters should maintain them to account for this betrayal.

When members of Congress gathered that day, Trump’s claims of rampant voter fraud had already been proven to be nonsense. The attorney general had uncovered no evidence of it. Dozens of judges had ruled against Trump allies in lawsuits difficult the election outcomes. Two recounts in Georgia and one other in Wisconsin had already affirmed Biden’s victory in these states.

So the one-quarter of the members of Congress who voted in opposition to certifying the electoral votes from Pennsylvania and/or Arizona made a acutely aware resolution to amplify Trump’s “Large Lie.” It’s particularly shameful that these members perpetuated Trump’s false narrative even whereas it propelled violent mobs to storm the Capitol.

Hearings now underway in Washington have solely strengthened the case that Trump’s plot was nothing lower than a multi-pronged try and overthrow a free and truthful election. Anybody who participated in it’s a menace to democracy and mustn’t have a job in authorities.

Not all Republicans betrayed American voters by refusing to certify the election, however voters ought to ship people who did packing. Amongst the 11 Republicans in California’s delegation, seven voted against certifying it. Six of them are looking for reelection this 12 months (the seventh, Rep. Devin Nunes, resigned late last year):

Rep. Ken Calvert of Corona: The longest-serving California Republican in Congress, Calvert was elected in 1992 and represents a district based mostly in Riverside County. He gained 48% of the vote on this month’s main and faces a credible reelection challenge in November. Democrat Will Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, is getting help from former Sen. Barbara Boxer in an effort to flip the seat.

Rep. Mike Garcia of Santa Clarita: Elected in 2020 after Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigned, Garcia has proved, in his quick time in workplace, to be a Trump enabler and a menace to democracy. The race to signify this swing district that features Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley might be one of the most competitive within the nation as Garcia faces off in opposition to Democrat Christy Smith, a levelheaded centrist whom The Times has endorsed.

Rep. Darrell Issa of Bonsall: One of many wealthiest members of Congress, Issa has represented northern San Diego County for a lot of the final 20 years. He seems headed for a simple reelection this 12 months, having acquired greater than 60% of the vote within the main.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa of Richvale: LaMalfa additionally appears poised for reelection, having acquired 57% of the first vote in a rural, conservative district that stretches from the outskirts of Sacramento to the Oregon border.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield: Because the Home Republican chief, McCarthy is poised to change into the speaker if the GOP wins management of the Home this 12 months. Although he said publicly within the days following the Jan. 6 assault that Trump “bears duty” for whipping up the Capitol attackers, he later modified his tune and has refused to cooperate with the committee investigating the assault. McCarthy is a powerhouse political fundraiser and gained 59% help within the main.

Rep. Jay Obernolte of Large Bear Lake: Trump endorsed Obernolte over his further-right opponent in 2020. Obernolte gained greater than 60% of the first vote in his San Bernardino County-based district.

These congressmen put loyalty to Trump and his lies above allegiance to the American folks and respect for the nation’s rule of legislation. If voters don’t maintain them accountable for his or her shameful vote on Jan. 6, 2021, there’s a danger they may facilitate extra brazen assaults on democracy sooner or later.