Pelosi slams GOP lawmakers for going along with Trump's post-election coup attempt in the first place

Pelosi slams GOP lawmakers for going along with Trump's post-election coup attempt in the first place
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi // Credit: Gage Skidmore
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) scorched House Republicans who expressed support of the Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the election.

The top-ranking Democrat released a statement on Friday evening reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's (R) lawsuit filed on behalf of President Trump in hopes of overturning election results in four battleground states.

In her statement, she also addressed the 126 House Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who publicly supported the frivolous effort despite having no evidence of widespread voter frraud.

"The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions," Pelosi said in her statement.

Pelosi went on to note the immediate need for a shift in focus and change in priorities. As the coronavirus continues to spread violently in states across the country, Republicans still have not prioritized stimulus negotiations. Instead, they have been laser-focused on supporting a lame-duck president with dozens of post-election court losses, no substantial evidence to support voter fraud, and no chance of a consecutive, second term.

She urged her colleagues to move forward from the "election subversion" and put the voter fraud conspiracy theories to rest. "The pandemic is raging, with nearly 300,000 having died and tens of millions having lost jobs," the California Democrat added. "Strong, unified action is needed to crush the virus, and Republicans must once and for all end their election subversion – immediately."

Pelosi's remarks came shortly after the Supreme Court handed down its decision. According to the nation's highest court, the state of Texas failed to display cognizable interest in how other states handle elections.

"Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections," the ruling states. "All other pending motions are dismissed as moot."

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