AOC warns {that a} GOP Home would overturn an election: ‘January 6 was a trial run’

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If the Republicans take again the U.S. Home of Representatives this 12 months, they are going to be capable to overturn a future presidential election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., warned.

“If we lose the House, this is no joke,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned at a city corridor assembly Wednesday. “January 6 was a trial run, and a lot of people don’t seem to understand that.”

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“It was a trial run, and they’re going to come back,” the congresswoman warned. “Here’s the technicality of what happened on January 6: the only reason it wasn’t worse was because Democrats had the House and they didn’t have the votes in the House.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a press conference at Jacobi Hospital in the Morris Park neighborhood on June 03, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York City. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks throughout a press convention at Jacobi Hospital within the Morris Park neighborhood on June 03, 2021, within the Bronx borough of New York Metropolis. 
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“If they take the House, then they have the votes to not authorize and legitimize the presidential election, whatever the results are,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded.

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On Jan. 6, 2021, after then-President Trump had repeatedly claimed that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, 1000’s of his supporters left his rally at Freedom Plaza close to the White Home and headed towards the Capitol. Lawmakers evacuated the complicated and briefly suspended the certification of the Electoral Faculty outcomes as rioters broke via police traces and entered the constructing.

A Capitol Police officer fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Drive veteran, who was making an attempt to drive her approach into the Home chamber. One other individual died through the riot after struggling a drug overdose, and two others died naturally from medical emergencies. Brian Sicknick, a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer, acquired hit with pepper spray through the chaos and died the following day after affected by two strokes. 4 different officers who responded to the riot dedicated suicide within the months following. 

Most Republican elected officers loudly condemned the riot, though lots of them voted to object to the election ends in particular states.

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Six Senate Republicans and 121 Home Republicans backed objections to certifying Arizona’s election outcomes, whereas seven Senate Republicans and 138 Home Republicans objected to certifying Pennsylvania’s outcomes. It stays unclear whether or not these Republicans would stand by these votes. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during a rally for immigration provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act outside the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 7, 2021 in Washington. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks throughout a rally for immigration provisions to be included within the Construct Again Higher Act exterior the U.S. Capitol, Dec. 7, 2021 in Washington. (Photograph by Drew Angerer/Getty Pictures)
(Drew Angerer/Getty Pictures)

These numbers represented a small portion of the Republicans within the Senate (six and 7 of 51) and a majority of Republicans within the Home (121 and 138 of 211). It might have required a majority of the Home and Senate to dam the certification of the Electoral Faculty votes. Even when the occasions of the 2020 election had been repeated in 2024 and Republicans had a commanding majority in each homes, these numbers don’t recommend that Republicans would unite to overturn an election in each homes.

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Republicans cited alleged irregularities, new voting insurance policies justified within the title of combating the COVID-19 pandemic, and the grants from the Middle for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit that funneled cash to native election places of work, bankrolled by Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Republicans have championed reforms they body by way of bolstering election integrity, rolling again some COVID-19 measures.

In the meantime, Democrats have condemned the GOP reforms as makes an attempt to roll again voting rights, with President Biden referring to Georgia’s election reform regulation as “Jim Crow on steroids.” (One fact-checker faulted Biden’s characterization as “incredibly disingenuous.”)

President Joe Biden blows his whistle for the start of a race during the White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden blows his whistle for the beginning of a race through the White Home Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik)
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In January, Biden hesitated to say whether or not he would acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm election outcomes, if Democrat election reform payments failed in Congress.

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“The increase of the prospect of it being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed,” the president mentioned. He added that Democrats will not be going to imagine “that the attempt fails.”

Critics have mocked Ocasio-Cortez for claiming, “I thought I was going to die” through the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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