Crapo: Today’s violence wholly unacceptable

By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

I stand by the First Amendment rights of Americans to peaceably assemble and demand redress for their grievances. What we witnessed at the U.S. Capitol today was not peaceful; such violence is wholly unacceptable.

All perpetrators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Actions like today thwart the rule of law and could leave lasting, devastating consequences on our nation. I am truly thankful for the heroic actions by U.S. Capitol Police, the National Guard and other law enforcement officials on the scene here and at other sites to keep the public safe.

Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution is clear. Election laws are entrusted to the states. The Constitution and the statutory law of the United States give explicit jurisdiction over the certification of the Electoral College electors to the states. Through the Electoral College, the election of the president is entrusted to the states, not to Congress. When disputes arise, adjudication rests in the courts.

Any effort by Congress to abandon the Electoral College’s constitutional significance for states to certify and send their Electors would set a dangerous precedent I cannot support. To undercut this system would inevitably lead to federalizing our election process and remove the authority of states under the Constitution. This is an outcome many have sought for years, but it would be a serious mistake.

It would gravely diminish Idaho’s role in electing future presidents. I took a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and to faithfully discharge the duties of the office I represent.

That is why I will not join efforts to have Congress reject validly certified Electoral College votes.

During the course of our nation’s history, there have been occurrences of voting irregularities and fraud, including in this election. Unfortunately, that always seems to be the case. It is past time that this country thoroughly examine the election process, especially in states where the allegations of fraud are the strongest, uncover the facts, and develop reforms that make our election process trustworthy.

The integrity of our election process is critically important and vital to our republic. I support the establishment of a commission to study the last election and recommend meaningful reforms to protect the integrity of our elections. I will be highly engaged in any proposals put forth by Congress to ensure they adhere to constitutional principles of state sovereignty. It is imperative that states implement and enforce election policies that protect the integrity of all future elections and restore Americans’ faith in our electoral system. Americans deserve free and fair elections.

I will continue to fight for the principles of limited government, protection of the private sector, free market policies, and protecting personal freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution.


2 thoughts on “Crapo: Today’s violence wholly unacceptable

  1. The “precedent” was set in the Electoral Count Act of 1887. Objections are part of this act. If you truly believe this is an unconstitutional act, it needs ajudication. Until then it is a lawful process. While I think it may truly be unconstitutional since it amends the process set out in the constitution which would require an amendment, I would argue that without it shenanigans like what happened this year can go unchecked. I totally understand your trepidation at allowing Congress to interfere with the electoral process, however, there is a high bar to exceed for the process to be successful. So bowing out seems more face saving than principled. I do support any effort to get to the bottom of all the fraud. But the big issue is the non-legislative branches of individual states altering election laws rather than the legislators. That, in my humble opinion, is far greater than any argument against the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

  2. As a P.S., since I am responding after the fact, I am disappointed in the “rioting” (I quote since in comparison to what has been happening unchallenged all summer pales). I would have rather allowed the process to proceed. At least the evidence would have been presented to the entire public. As it now stands, it has only been presented through conservative media and lampooned by leftist media. I pray you are serious on digging deep on our election process.

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