Crusader Staff Report
The NAACP has created a petition to remove members of the House and the Senate, accused of helping to incite the storming of the Capitol by their plans to object to Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump last November.
The petition adds to the growing number of calls for two Republican senators to resign.
Titled, “THESE CONGRESS MEMBERS MUST GO,” the NACCP website asks individuals to sign the online petition to have the lawmakers removed from office.
“Rejecting electoral votes further incites discord across the country and is an attempt to overturn the vote of the people to favor Donald Trump,” the petition reads.
About 147 lawmakers had planned to object to the Electoral College’s certification of the election results that gave Biden 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Hours after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, Congress certified Biden’s victory.
As many as 15 Republican senators had planned to object to the election results.
The NAACP petition lists eight of them, including freshman Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who was the first to announce publicly his plans to object to the election results. The most prominent senator on the list, former presidential candidate Ted Cruz, objected to the election results on the Senate Floor on January 6 minutes before Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol.
With 16 Congressmen, Texas had the most members of the U.S. House of Representatives who planned on objecting to the election results. Florida had 12 opposing House Representatives, the second highest among the 50 states.
Indiana Congressman Greg Pence, the older brother of Vice President Mike Pence, was among those who had planned to oppose the election results, according to the NAACP.
On January 13, the U.S. House voted to impeach Trump after accusing him of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol. Senators Cruz and Hawley have since faced protests and calls to resign from office from residents in Texas and Missouri.
Because of their strong public opposition to the election results declaring Biden the 46th President, Cruz and Hawley stand accused of helping incite thousands of Trump’s supporters who climbed the Capitol’s walls, smashed windows and pushed past Capitol police before storming the building.
Believing Trump’s false claims of election fraud, they came with zip ties and military gear, hoping to stop Congress from certifying Biden as the winner. Videos on social media show the insurrectionists asking for Vice President Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Before he entered the Capitol to object to the election results on January 6, Hawley gave a fist pump to Trump supporters as their excitement grew as they stood on the perimeter of the Capitol grounds.
On Sunday, January 17, the New Yorker released a new video that shows reporter Luke Mogelson following Trump supporters as they forced their way into the Senate chamber. Inside the room, one insurrectionist held his cell phone over a binder of notes that sat on the podium on the dais. A group of the insurrectionists took pictures on the dais of the chamber.
Cruz and Hawley have kept a low profile since the insurrection on January 6. Cruz is the target of a separate online petition on MoveOn that seeks his expulsion from Congress for alleged treason and conspiracy to incite armed insurrection in Washington, D.C. As of January 18, 77,152 people had signed the petition. On Sunday, January 17, a spokesperson for Senator Cruz issued a statement to ABC13 in Houston, saying, “As Senator Cruz has said repeatedly, the terrorist attack on the Capitol was reprehensible, and the criminals who carried out the attack should be fully prosecuted. He has been clear, consistent, and unequivocal: violence is always wrong—whether from Left or Right—and violent criminals should go to jail for a very long time.” Cruz told the television station that he did not agree and has never agreed with the sitting president’s rhetoric that excited the mob and the insurrection that left five people dead.
Hawley also faces calls in his first year in office. Last week, Loews Hotels announced that it will no longer allow a fundraiser for Hawley at one of its hotels in Orlando that was scheduled for February. One day after the insurrection, publisher Simon & Schuster dropped Hawley’s new book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” that was scheduled to be released this spring. Simon & Schuster said it cannot support Hawley “after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”
In response, Hawley called the move a “direct assault on the First Amendment.” On Monday, January 18, Regnery Publishing, a conservative publisher, announced that it will release Hawley’s book.