On Sunday, liberal Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser lashed out as the “Stop the Steal” protests in her city of Washington D.C. are gearing up to take place on January 6th.
Bowser is allegedly calling in the National Guard for the pro-Trump protests in fear of violence from Trump supporters, not the violent liberal extremists.
“I am asking Washingtonians and those who live in the region to stay out of the downtown area on Tuesday and Wednesday and not to engage with demonstrators who come to our city seeking confrontation, and we will do what we must to ensure all who attend remain peaceful,” Bowser said in her statement.
Check out what The Hill reported:
The mayor’s office issued a reminder on the capital’s gun laws, noting that protesters and others cannot carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of a demonstration and guns are illegal on U.S. Capitol and National Park Service grounds, including Freedom Plaza and the National Mall.
Bowser’s administration also noted that D.C. outlaws open carry of firearms and does not offer reciprocity with other states’ concealed pistol licenses, so only those given a concealed license in D.C. can conceal their weapon.
Bowser has instructed the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency to set up D.C.’s Emergency Operations Center starting on Monday to respond to the demonstrations.
The city’s Metropolitan Police Department will have all staff reporting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The city has previously announced several road closures and parking restrictions throughout the downtown area.
President Trump has encouraged his supporters to attend the event on January 6th, the same day as lawmakers are set to certify the 2020 election results.
“The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C., will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal!” President Trump tweeted.
As the January 6th deadline gets closer, more Republican Senators are announcing their plans to challenge the electoral vote.
On Saturday, it was revealed that a group of GOP Senators were planning on challenging the Electoral College Certification.
The effort is reportedly led by Republican Senator Ted Cruz who is demanding an emergency 10-day audit of the 2020 election results.
Cruz, along with the other senators, are claiming that the November 3rd election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct.”
Check out what Fox News reported:
Joining Cruz are Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; John Kennedy, R-La.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Braun, R-Ind.; as well as Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.; Roger Marshall, R-Kansas; Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
Their effort is separate from one announced by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who said this week that he will object to what he claims was the failure of some states — most notably Pennsylvania — to follow their own election laws.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed,” the lawmakers said on Saturday. “By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”
A source familiar with the effort by the GOP senators told Fox News that it was Cruz who orchestrated the push just days before the joint session of Congress on Wednesday to officially approve the Electoral College votes electing former Vice President Joe Biden.
The lawmakers say there is a precedent of Democrats objecting to election results in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2019. “And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged,” they said.
The senators and senators-elect are calling for Congress to appoint a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election returns in states where the results are disputed. They cite as precedent the 1877 race between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford Hayes in which there were allegations of fraud in multiple states.
“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy,” the lawmakers said. “Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission — consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices — to consider and resolve the disputed returns.”
“We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” they added. “Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”
If demands aren’t met, the senators will be voting against the certification.
“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they continued.
“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend. We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it,” they said. “And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.”
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