North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong, along with six other Congressional Republicans, issued a statement saying they’d reject an attempt by fellow Republicans to overturn the presidential election. Their statement comes after reports indicate approximately 140 House Republicans plan to object to the electoral count on January 6th.

Claims of “significant abuses” have not held up in court. Nor have recounts in these “battleground states” found sufficient evidence of illegal versus “legal” votes.  An argument can be made that some voters lack confidence and “trust” in the “system” because too many politicians have outright lied to them about the process of counting votes. Yet, when all is said and done, the bottom line is Congress does have only a narrow role in this process and it is good to see members like Armstrong speak that truth in this trying time for American democracy.

A dozen Senate Republicans have also indicated they will object to the electoral college certification. Senator John Hoeven has yet to make his position known. He had used boilerplate talking points about “day in court.” Those days in court – many in front of Republican appointed judges – have found very few irregularities. Senator Kevin Cramer hasn’t been able to put the words “President-elect Joe Biden” together but has said Congress doesn’t have the Constitutional authority to overturn election results.

Although these statements are often prefaced with partisan complaints about the election process, their end position of upholding democracy is the correct one. The bar for political courage has plummeted in recent years. Statements like this should not have to be necessary, but unfortunately, in this era of politics, it is welcomed.

Tyler Axness
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