Move over Darth Vader, there’s a new Sith Knight in town. Elise Stefanik just threw away any credibility that she had as a rational, thinking being and has thrown in her lot with the insurrectionist. The battle lines are drawn now. The Old GOP is planning to go down this way, insisting that 2020 was not valid. Faith in our elections is the cornerstone of democracy and Stefanik just dynamited that. The Hill:
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said that she would not have allowed 2020 election results to be certified on Jan. 6, 2021 if she was in former Vice President Mike Pence’s position.
Stefanik, widely seen as a top contender to be former President Trump’s vice presidential pick in 2024, voted against certifying election results in Pennsylvania on Jan. 6 after rioters breached the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the election.
Stefanik did, however, vote to certify election results in Arizona, the only other state to be contested in Congress that day.
“There was unconstitutional overreach in states like Pennsylvania, and I think it’s very important that we continue to stand up for the Constitution and have legal and secure elections, which we did not have in 2020,” Stefanik said.
Speaking on the House floor in 2021, Stefanik had referenced a 2020 Pennsylvania court case that said mail-in ballots could not be rejected because of comparisons on signatures, which infuriated Trump allies.
CNN host Kaitlan Collins pushed back with a reference to a different case, saying the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had rejected another Republican-led case that challenged mail-in voting itself as unconstitutional – a mail-in voting law that was approved under a Republican-controlled state legislature.
“It was unconstitutional when there was circumventing state legislatures, unilaterally changing election law,” Stefanik said.
I guess that’s her audition for VP. We still don’t know when Donald Trump will decide to name a vice president. He’s too busy setting fire to the RNC and getting rid of Ronna McDaniel, but it should come any time now, perhaps in March.
Power is the name of the game, not democracy.