There they go again.
Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, the two Pelosi-picked GOP members of the January 6 lynch mob committee, now have their knickers in a knot because former President Donald Trump said in a statement that then-Vice President Mike Pence had the power to “have overturned the Election!”
Kinzinger and Cheney quickly underlined — again — their opposition to investigating voter fraud in the 2020 election. Said Kinzinger:
“He could have overturned the election.” This is an admission, and a massively un-American statement. It is time for every Republican leader to pick a side…. Trump or the Constitution, there is no middle on defending our nation anymore.
Cheney chimed in:
Trump uses language he knows caused the Jan 6 violence; suggests he’d pardon the Jan 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy; threatens prosecutors; and admits he was attempting to overturn the election.
He’d do it all again if given the chance.
This absolute refusal by Kinzinger and Cheney to stand up for election integrity never ceases to amaze.
Meanwhile, here in my home state of Pennsylvania, the state’s Commonwealth Court ruled on Friday that, as reported here by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the state constitution requires voters to cast ballots in person unless they meet specific requirements.”
Which is to say, many of those Pennsylvania mail-in votes cast in 2020 were, yes, illegal and unconstitutional. Yes, there is more to be heard on this, and presumably the Democratic-run State Supreme Court will overrule, doubtless setting up an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. But without question, the ruling highlights that yes, indeed, Pennsylvania, a key state in 2020, had serious problems conducting an honest election.
In fact, this problem appeared yet again in a 2021 Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, judicial election, with the county refusing to certify the results as of this writing. The Blaze reported the story this way:
A court ruling that undated mail-in ballots should not be counted in a local judiciary election was upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Thursday, in a decision that may change the result of the race.
And as I have documented repeatedly in this space, as here, Pennsylvania has a long history of voter fraud and corrupt elections.
Had Kinzinger and Cheney been a certain federal judge in Philadelphia in 1994, there is no way this story would have made the New York Times, which headlined that, exactly as Kinzinger and Cheney flatly oppose, a Pennsylvania election was in fact overturned because of corruption. Again, the Times story begins this way:
Saying Philadelphia’s election system had collapsed under “a massive scheme” by Democrats to steal a State Senate election in November, a Federal judge today took the rare step of invalidating the vote and ordered the seat filled by the Republican candidate.
In making such a sweeping move, the judge, Clarence C. Newcomer of Federal District Court here, did for the Republicans what the election had not: enable them to regain control of the State Senate, which they lost two years ago.
Judge Newcomer ruled that the Democratic campaign of William G. Stinson had stolen the election from Bruce S. Marks in North Philadelphia’s Second Senatorial District through an elaborate fraud in which hundreds of residents were encouraged to vote by absentee ballot even though they had no legal reason — like a physical disability or a scheduled trip outside the city — to do so.
Apparently, had the judge been named not Clarence C. Newcomer but Adam Kinzinger, a Judge Kinzinger would have simply closed his eyes to what Judge Newcomer called a “‘a massive scheme’ by Democrats to steal a State Senate election” and instead would have issued an opinion that said that the call by Philadelphia State Senate candidate Bruce Marks to invalidate the vote and overturn the election was “an admission, and a massively un-American statement. It is time for every Republican leader to pick a side.… Bruce Marks or the Constitution, there is no middle on defending our nation anymore.”
When you add this to the reporting of my colleague Melissa Mackenzie that the January 6 committee, as here, has subpoenaed over 100-plus American citizens, scooping up the records of “tens of thousands of moms, children, clergy, reporters, and Republican and conservative influencers who were in touch with everyone from White House aides to prominent activists” — all of this done with the consent of Kinzinger and Cheney — it is perfectly crystal clear who is on the side of voter integrity and the Constitution — and who is not. Additionally, Cheney has even released the private correspondence of members of the media — Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham — in a flagrant violation of the First Amendment.
What amazes here is the chutzpah of both Kinzinger and Cheney. Turning facts upside down and inside out. Ignoring the most flagrant of examples of voter fraud right here in my own state of Pennsylvania and, in essence, saying that if you, at a minimum, have serious problems in an election, then the answer is to do nothing, deny the problem, and accuse the opponents of voter fraud who insist on respect for the Constitution of being opponents of the Constitution and voting integrity.
Ya can’t make this stuff up.
But Kinzinger and Cheney and their fellow January 6 Committee members are trying to do just that. So let’s end with an edit to the Kinzinger tweet above:
It is time for every Republican leader to pick a side.… Kinzinger and Cheney or the Constitution. There is no middle on defending our nation anymore.