Before assuming office, elected officials take an oath to uphold the US Constitution. But what happens when they are accused of doing the opposite?
As some Republicans in Congress continue the effort to overtake President Donald Trump’s election, critics – including President-elect Joe Biden – Allegations that he violated his oath and vowed allegiance to Trump instead.
The oaths, which rarely attract more attention, have become a common theme in the final days of the Trump presidency, with calls from members of both parties being met Wednesday to confirm Biden’s victory And a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol..
Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman said that former cricketer Christine Todd Whitman, who served as EPA Administrator as former President George W., said, “He swore on a Bible to uphold the Constitution and he was really Stepping outside. ” . The Bush administration “They take an oath to uphold the Constitution against all our enemies, foreign or domestic, and they are ignoring it.”
The oath varies slightly between government bodies, but elected officials usually take an oath to protect the Constitution. The Senate website says its current oath dates back to the 1860s, “drafted by civil war-time members of Congress intent on giddy betrayals.”
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, vowed to honor the oath she took and, while confirming the presidential election results, urged colleagues to do the same. Republican Sen. Todd Young of Indiana was seen Video Trump supporters were posted on social media outside a Senate office building saying that they swore the Constitution under God and asked, “Do we still take it seriously in this country?”
Corey Bretshneider, a political science professor at Brown University and author of “The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for the Future Presidents,” said that the oath should be taken seriously and that Americans seek enforcement or “risk Have to do the whole system. ”He said that he would support the offending statement to the officials clearly violating the oath.
“The worst that can happen is that people roll their eyes at the oath and they say, ‘Oh, none of that means anything, and I think what we have to do in times of crisis is the exact opposite – say. “It means something means something,” Bretshineider said. “When you break the law, you need to be held to account, and when Trump does that, the American people have to be offended.”
Republicans, who filed or supported lawsuits challenging Biden’s victory in November, claimed without any evidence that the election was rigged against Trump. His cases have failed before the courts all the way to the US Supreme Court. Both Republican and Democratic officials regard the election results as legitimate and free of any widespread fraud.
The oath was often mentioned on Wednesday during the joint session of Congress, intended to confirm Biden’s victory. Some Republicans who objected to the election results claimed that their oaths required them to do so, while Democrats urged their counterparts to swear in and confirm Biden as the next president.
“The oath that I swore on this Sunday to protect and uphold the Constitution is necessary for me to object to this trauma,” said Rep. Lauren Boebert, a newly elected Republican from Colorado.
As lawmakers met, violent protesters loyal to Trump intended to revolt the Capitol prevent the Capitol from replacing Trump in the White House. While officials struggled to regain control, Biden called for Trump to follow his oath and step in to reduce tensions.
Biden said, “I ask President Trump to go on national oath to fulfill his oath and protect the constitution and demand that this siege be abolished.”
The GOP’s attempt to block formal confirmation of Biden’s victory failed after Republicans failed to gain traction after iterating the pleas of fraud and other irregularities.
Democrats were quick to condemn Republicans who continued to oppose the results.
California’s Adam Schiff asked, “Did our oath to uphold the Constitution just a few days ago mean little? I don’t think.” He said that “when the oath fails to achieve its end, the oath is no less.”
Representative Rory Corey Bush, a Democrat from Missouri, said he would table a motion for the expulsion of Republicans, who moved to invalidate the election results.
“I believe that Republican members of Congress have instigated this domestic terrorist attack through efforts to contest the election, they will have to bear the consequences,” Tweeted. “He has broken the sacred oath of office.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said officials continued to support Trump’s unfounded claims of fraud, which violated his oath, and his rhetoric incited rioters who caused uproar in the Capitol.
“He has a vindication that he has sworn – not to the Constitution and the United States, but to a man, and that man is Donald Trump,” he said. “And they refuse to believe that no matter what he says, no matter what he does, and I think history will not do them justice for that.”
Ijaguire reported from Lindenhurst, New York. Associated Press Writer Christina A. in Atlanta. Cassidy contributed to this report.
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