Those in Congress voting to overturn election violated oath

Along with many Americans, I was horrified at the insurgence encouraged by our former president, Donald Trump, who on Jan. 6 at an event near the White House encouraged the gathered mob to march to the U.S. Capitol and “Take your country back, and I’ll be right there with you!” The results were disastrous! His claim was that the election was stolen from him.

This was an unconscionable act since several courts had already acted on it and declared that there was no fraud, and that the election was one of the most secure in our nation’s history. Since having learned that some members of Congress knew about this and yet said nothing and in some cases seemed to encourage this action, I have been waiting to hear of any disciplinary actions towards those congressional members who supported and encouraged Mr. Trump’s conspiracy theory and who supported or encouraged the insurrection of our Capitol building while Congress was in session validating the election.

It seems plain to me that according to Amendment XIV Section 3 of our U.S. Constitution, they should not continue in office because they betrayed the oath they took to become a member of Congress. Briefly, that section states “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States … 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.”

Since then, the investigative reports show that there were 139 of 221 House members and eight of 51 senators who voted to overturn the election. Some even encouraged the insurrection. As a lifelong registered American voter, I believe that we need to be assured that all our members of Congress will have respect for their oath of office and respect for our republic and be willing to always know and speak the truth, but especially as it relates to elections.

Dottie Villesvik


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