It is a year ago that 147 Republican lawmakers voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election after leading to a lie about widespread voter fraud.
They cast their ballots just hours after a mob of white supremacist supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US capital with plans to assassinate Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Vice President Mike Pence and others to prevent them from certifying the President. -Choose Joe Biden’s victory. They believed the lie, and Trump himself egged them on. Hundreds of lawmakers, employees, journalists and other workers hid for their lives. Five people died and hundreds were injured. Four police officers defending the Capitol that day later died of suicide.
Biden overwhelmingly won the choice. There was never proves widespread voter fraud.
Do these 147 Republicans now admit that Biden was elected president, fairly, a full year later? Do they regret their votes against certifying the Electoral College’s census? HuffPost asked both questions all 147 Republicans over the course of a few weeks in December, either in person or through their offices.
They predominantly refused to respond.
“Call our press office,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said when asked if he thinks Biden won the election a year ago.
Cruz stood in the Senate elevator while he spoke, and for some reason the doors did not close. HuffPost pressured him on why he would not even answer the question when it came to his own beliefs. For the next seven seconds, Cruz stared blankly into silence until the doors finally closed.
“Cold,” muttered a Capitol Hill photographer standing nearby.
HuffPost went further and followed up with Cruz’s press office. “Thank you, Jen, we’re checking this out,” his spokeswoman Maria Jeffrey sent back an email. They never responded after that.
“Who are you with?” said Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) when asked if he regretted his vote on Jan. 6. When HuffPost identified itself, Kennedy walked away.
“Yeah, I have nothing to do with you about that,” he said. “I have people waiting for me.”
HuffPost asked Kennedy again a few weeks later, in case he actually had people waiting for him the first time.
“I have nothing for you,” he said again and walked away.
Late. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) Laughed when HuffPost started asking about her vote against confirming Biden’s choice.
“I’m not doing interviews in the hallway,” she said, stepping into an elevator in the Senate.
Asked if she does elevator interviews, Hyde-Smith laughed again as the doors closed. “I do not make them in the elevator either.”
Some GOP senators seemed annoyed at having to answer the question at all.
“He is the constitutionally elected president,” said Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Who voted against confirming Biden’s election. “I’ve said it like a zillion times.”
Asked if he regretted his vote, Scott simply said, “No.”
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) And Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) Both definitely said “yes” when asked if they think Biden won the election fairly. And both equally said “no” to regretting their January 6 votes against confirming the results of the Electoral College.
Assistants to Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) And Roger Marshall (R-Can.) – the remaining two GOP senators who voted against confirming Biden’s election – did not respond to emailed requests for comment on both questions.
Of the 139 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to overthrow the election, one is an aide to just one of them – one! – answered HuffPost’s questions.
“Congressman Sessions stands firm in its decision to vote against confirming the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania for further review,” said Nicole Myers, a spokeswoman for the Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas).
“There were abnormalities and inconsistencies that Americans were and still are very concerned about,” Myers said, although there have never been signs of widespread vote-rigging. in Arizona or in Pennsylvania. “The Congressman Sessions’ vote was never intended to overthrow the election instead of sending the results back to the states for a deeper investigation so that the Americans could have peace of mind and confidence in the electoral system.”
An assistant to the rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Also responded to HuffPost’s email, but apparently only to complain about not being asked about anything else.
“Now one question suffices: Is this the first time you’ve written to me this year?Wrote Issa spokesman Jonathan Wilcox.
When HuffPost said yes, it seemed to be, Wilcox replied, “I thought so too.” He never followed up with an answer to any of the questions.
Currently watching rep. Tom Rice (SC) appears to be the only Republican from the House who publicly regrets his vote against confirming Biden’s victory.
He told Politico last month that he should have voted to confirm, “because President Trump was responsible for the attack on the Capitol.”
“In the small hours of that disgraceful night, while I was waiting for the capital of our great country to be secured, I knew I had to vote to confirm,” Rice said. “But because I had announced my intention to object, I did not want to go back on my word. So yes, I regret my vote to protest.”
Alex Enlow, a spokesman for Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Made a point of highlighting that his boss voted to confirm the votes of Biden as president. Enlow used to work for rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), Who voted not to confirm Biden’s victory, and HuffPost contacted him initially to get a comment on Steube. Enlow responded with an update on his job change – and a statement from Scott.
“Congress does not have the constitutional authority to overthrow a state’s electoral vote,” Scott said, “so I maintained my oath to the constitution and voted to confirm the election.”