Before taking office, elected officials vowed to uphold the U.S. Constitution. But what happens when they are accused of the opposite?
As some Congressional Republicans continue to push back President Donald Trump’s doomed efforts to overthrow the election, critics-including President-elect Biden-have allegedly violated their oaths and instead sworn allegiance to Trump.
Oaths rarely attract widespread attention. In the last few days of Trump’s presidency, oaths have become a common topic. Members of both sides were cited by both sides when they met on Wednesday to confirm Biden’s victory, and a violent mob of Trump supporters swept the US Capitol.
The former Republican Governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman, said: “They also vowed to abide by the Constitution. This is where they really go out. This is where they really fail.” Bush The government “They vowed to defend the Constitution against all our foreign or domestic enemies, and they ignore it.”
Oaths vary slightly between government agencies, but elected officials usually swear to defend the Constitution. The Senate website states that its current oath is related to the 1860s, “drafted by members of Congress during the Civil War to trap traitors.”
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska vowed to take the oath of office and affirmed the results of the presidential election, while urging colleagues to do the same. I saw Republican Senator Todd Young of Indiana in a video posted on social media. The video told Trump supporters outside the Senate building that he swore allegiance to the Constitution and asked : “In this country, do we still take it seriously?”
Brown University political science professor Corey Brettschneider (Corey Brettschneider) is the author of Oaths and Offices: A Guide to the Constitution of the Future President. He said that the oath must be taken seriously, and Americans must require their oath to be implemented, otherwise “the risk is the entire system.” He said that he will support the condemnation, which is a formal opposition to officials who have clearly violated the oath.
“The worst thing that can happen is that people open their eyes when they take the oath and say, “Oh, they don’t mean that. “Also, I think what we are going to do in times of crisis is just the opposite-that is, what it really means,” Brett Schneider said. “When you break the law, you need to be held accountable, and this is why the American people should be irritated when Trump does what he did.”
Republicans filed a lawsuit or supported the lawsuit against Biden’s victory in November, but there is no evidence that the election was against Trump. Their case was not passed until the first instance of the U.S. Supreme Court. Both Republican and Democratic officials believed that the election results were legitimate and there was no widespread fraud.
People usually mention the oath at the joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday to confirm Biden’s victory. Some Republicans who disputed the results of the election asked for the oath of office, while Democrats urged their colleagues to take the oath of office and confirmed Biden as the next president.
“Then my pledge to defend and support the Constitution this past Sunday makes it necessary for me to oppose this distortion,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert, the newly elected Republican from Colorado.
When the lawmakers met, violent protesters loyal to Trump rushed into the Capitol in riot, with the purpose of preventing Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. When the authorities tried to regain control, Biden called on Trump to abide by his oath and take action to ease tensions.
Biden said: “I call on President Trump to now take the oath of office on national television to defend the Constitution and call for an end to this siege.”
Republicans repeated arguments about fraud and other irregularities, but failed to win people’s attention, and Republicans’ efforts to prevent the formal confirmation of Biden’s victory ultimately failed.
The Democrats quickly condemned Republicans who continued to oppose the results.
California Rep. Adam Schiff asked: “Is it meaningless that we swore to defend the Constitution adopted a few days ago? I don’t think it is.” He added: “When the oath fails to achieve its purpose, the oath also It will not be shattered.”
Representative Corey Bush, a Democrat from Missouri, said she will propose a resolution calling for the expulsion of Republicans, which will invalidate the election results.
She tweeted: “I believe that Republican congressmen who instigated this family terrorist attack by attempting to overturn the election must face the consequences.” “They broke the sacred oath.”
Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said that officials who continue to support Trump’s baseless allegations of fraud have violated their oath, and their words have angered the mob who attacked the Capitol.
She said: “They pledge allegiance, not the Constitution, nor the United States, but allegiance to a person, and that person is Donald Trump.” “And no matter what he says, no matter what he does, they do. Refusing to give up this point, I don’t think history will favor them because of this.”