Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin called for two Republican representatives to be “expelled” from Congress after they voted to object to the certification of Electoral College votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Reps. Jim Hagedorn and Michelle Fischbach are under fire from the Minnesota DFL because they “violated” the oaths they took to “support and defend the Constitution,” according to a press release issued by the party Thursday.
Martin’s statement claimed they “violated those oaths by lending aid and comfort to an insurrectionist mob through their votes to overturn the results of a free and fair American election.”
In defending his vote, Hagedorn cited concerns about “the constitutionality of individual actors in various states making wholesale changes to election laws without the consent of respective state legislatures.”
“In the closing months of the presidential race, partisan government officials and courts … amended or suspended election laws and voting procedures in several key states and did so without approval from state legislatures. These unilateral and unconstitutional actions influenced the outcomes of elections, called into question the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and needlessly created a constitutional crisis,” he said.
Similarly, Fischbach said in a statement: “This election was shrouded in allegations of irregularities and fraud too voluminous to ignore. In order to fulfill my duty to the constitution and my constituents, I believe there must be a proper investigation to consider these claims.”
Martin claimed these two representatives shared the goals of the “mob” that breached the Capitol: to stop the vote count and “thwart American democracy.” Hagedorn and Fischbach must now meet serious consequences, according to Martin.
“At the core of any democracy is the agreement to resolve political differences through the ballot box, rather than the use of violence,” and Hagedorn and Fischbach maintained that political differences can no longer be settled by voting, Martin said.
Because of that belief, they made the violence at the Capitol “inevitable.”
“If shortsighted and irresponsible politicians are allowed to continue leading our nation down this dark path, we may never recover,” Martin proclaimed in the press release.
The release also discusses the DFL’s belief that all Minnesota Republican members of Congress played a part in supporting the “election fraud conspiracy that led to the storming of the United States Capitol.”
A total of six U.S. senators and 121 representatives voted with Hagedorn and Fischbach.