In a speech condemning his Republican colleague’s attempts to overthrow the 2020 elections, the outgoing Senate majority leader warned of an act that “could do harm to our republic forever”

This Jan 3, 2021, photo, Sen Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, adjusts his face mask while attending a swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington

Just before a violent MAGA mob stormed the Capitol, Mitch McConnell defended our system of government and the orderly transfer of power McConnell, who is losing his majority leader status after the Democrats won two Senate seats in special elections on Tuesday, warned Senate members trying to undo Donald Trump’s defeat “We can’t just declare ourselves national steroids election board,” he said, “

McConnell is a calculating political actor who rarely shows emotion, and McConnell is not innocent.He has happily used Trump’s movement to cement his own political agenda, including stealing a Supreme Court seat and filling the lower federal courts with dozens But young conservative lawyer Trump is also a chaos agent and a threat to McConnell’s constitutional order McConnell clearly saw this speech as an opportunity to separate from the outgoing president and take a pose for future historians suggesting the Senate chairman in Trump’s ruthless and deadly four Years in power was less than complicit

When the joint session of Congress was called to count the votes of the electoral college, there was a pause to debate a motion contesting the results from Arizona McConnell took the opportunity to reprimand the outgoing President McConnell blew up Trump’s “sweeping conspiracy theories” and highlighted the president’s countless court losses, even before Judge Trump was appointed before he insisted, “My colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality in the proximity of the massive extent – the massive extent – that would have overturned the whole choice ”

While expressing GOP concerns about electoral irregularities and “bizarre pandemic proceedings,” McConnell stressed that the election was “not unusually tight,” and warned that defeating the electoral college’s state-certified votes will be “our republic forever would harm ”

In fact, McConnell warned that a Congressional ruling on the electorate would create a democratic “death spiral” that would turn each presidential election year into a “struggle for power at any cost” while overriding the electoral college made possible the recent victories of the Republican White House

McConnell implicitly reprimanded his colleagues, insisting that voting on the electoral college was not an innocent trick or a symbolic act: “I will not pretend such a vote is a harmless gesture of protest while relying on others do the right thing, “he said,” I will vote to respect the people’s choice and defend our system of government as we know it “

McConnell may have thought he was playing the role of a firefighter and eventually putting out the flames that Trump lit.Instead, Congress itself was devoured for only a few minutes.The Halls of the Capitol were for the first time since the 1812 War by a crowd of Trump- Confederate flag supporters broken whipped by the president who won’t stop lying that he’s been robbed of a second term

The chaos has temporarily halted the sacred constitutional duty of Congress to count the votes of the electoral college, indicating that the damage that has already been done to our republic has been grave

Mitch McConnell: “The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They have all spoken. If we overrode them, it would forever damage our republic.” ImageTwittercom / JZtq6r0Iim

We’re debating a step never taken in American history Whether Congress should override voters and overthrow a presidential election I’ve served in the Senate for 36 years This will be the most important vote I’ve ever cast / p>

President Trump claims election was stolen Claims range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments to sweeping conspiracy theories I supported the president’s right to use the legal system Dozens of lawsuits have been heard in courtrooms across our country, but the courts repeatedly denied these claims, including all-star judges the President himself nominated

Every election we know has a certain illegality and irregularity, and that is of course unacceptable I support strong government-led voting reforms Last year’s bizarre pandemic trials must not become the new norm.But, my colleagues, nothing before us proves the illegality close to the massive extent – the massive extent – that would have affected the entire election. Also, public doubts alone cannot justify a radical break if the doubt itself was instigated without evidence

The Constitution gives us a limited role here in Congress. We can’t just declare ourselves national steroids electoral board. The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They have all spoken. If we overrode them, it would be our republic harm forever This election was actually not unusually narrow Especially in recent history, 1976, 2000 and 2004 were all closer than this The electoral college’s scope is almost identical to that of 2016

If that election were overturned by mere allegations on the losing side, our democracy would get into a death spiral.We would never see the whole nation accepting an election again. Every four years would be a struggle for power at any cost. The electoral college that most of us on this side defending for years would cease to exist and leave many of our states no real say in the election of a president at all

The implications would even go beyond the elections themselves Self-government, my colleagues, requires a shared commitment to the truth and a shared respect for the basic rules of our system.We cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes with separate facts and separate realities nothing in common except our hostility towards one another and distrust of the few national institutions we all still share

Every time Democrats have lost a presidential race in the past 30 years, they have tried to challenge just like that. After 2000, after 2004, after 2016. After 2004, a Senator joined the same debate and forced it Believe it or not, Democrats like Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Hillary Clinton praised, praised, and applauded the stunt Republicans condemned these baseless efforts back then, and we’ve just spent four years viewing the Democrats’ shameful attacks on the validity of the Condemn President Trump’s own election

Look, there can be no double standards The outrageous media today supported the Democrats’ attacks on our institutions for four years after they lost But we must not imitate and escalate what we refuse. Our duty is, for that Ruling the Common Good The United States Senate has a higher calling than an endless spiral of partisan vengeance

Congress will either override voters, override them, voters, states and the courts for the first time, or honor the people’s decision.We will either guarantee that the Democrats’ delegitimization efforts after 2016 will be mutually exclusive become a permanent new routine, or we will declare that our nation deserves a lot more. We will either embark on a toxic path in which only the election winners will actually accept the results, or show that we can still muster the patriotic courage that our ancestors showed not only in victory but also in defeat

The drafters built the Senate to prevent short-term passions from boiling over and melting the foundations of our republic.Therefore, I believe that protecting our constitutional order requires respecting the limits of our own power.It would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchising American voters and overriding the courts and states on this extraordinarily thin basis and I’m not going to pretend such a vote is a harmless gesture of protest while relying on others to do the right thing I’ll vote for, to respect the decision of the people and to defend our system of government as we know it

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