Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) has called on House leadership to refuse to seat any Republican members who have joined an effort to overturn the 2020 election results in four states and hand President Donald Trump a second term.
At present, that number is 126, which Reuters reporter Brad Heath noted is two-thirds of the GOP caucus.
Pascrell pointed to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, as a vehicle for barring those 126 Republicans from being seated in January.
The amendment reads:
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
In a series of tweets, accompanied by his official statement and a copy of his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Pascrell explained why he believes the move is warranted and necessary:
“Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress. These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend.”
“Consequently, I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator.”
“The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States,” the New Jersey Democrat tweeted. “Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”