Of course they should be expelled. And if they were, there would likely not be this disparity or 50/50 bullshit that we’ve had to contend with for 2 election cycles. Not only that, they should be barred from holding public office for trying to overthrow the government and the will of the voters.
MSNBC hosts Joy Reid and Symone Sanders-Townsend declared Monday that election deniers should be “expelled” from Congress and treated like post-Civil War Confederates. But first she discussed Trump holding officer with Jamie Raskin.
“Joy, I was watching your show earlier today and you talked about how post-Civil War, the folks who sided with the Confederate members of Congress, they were taken care of, they were expelled,” Sanders-Townsend, a former senior advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris, told her MSNBC colleague.
“In this Congress, there are multiple individuals that conspired, that were willing to move hell and high water to disrupt the peaceful transition of power,” Sanders-Townsend continued. “My fear, and frankly I think the fear of many Americans out there, is that nothing is going to happen to them.”
Reid lamented that Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who has been critical of the committee, has six more years “to do whatever shenanigans he feels like doing in Congress” after he was re-elected in November.
In July, Johnson said the hypocrisy of Democrats is “jaw-dropping” because they continue to push for charges against former President Donald Trump but downplay potential misconduct by Hunter Biden.
“It’s actually a huge problem for our democracy that we still have what amount to insurrectionists serving,” Reid said.
Some Republicans have noted Democrats in Congress challenged election results in 2000, 2004 and 2016 – all years Republicans were elected president – without being labeled “deniers.”
The conversation came as MSNBC covered the special House committee’s final hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol. The committee released a 154-page executive summary detailing its impetus for referring criminal charges against Trump to the Justice Department.
The panel, which is made up of seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, argued during the committee’s final meeting that Trump’s conduct before and after Jan. 6 was “unlawful.”
The committee claims that even after legal challenges to overturn the 2020 election failed, Trump pressured the Justice Department and state officials into decertifying the results. That push, according to the committee, culminated in demands that then-Vice President Mike Pence reject Electoral College votes from states won by President Biden.
The unprecedented criminal referral holds no official legal weight, and a final determination on whether to pursue the charges will be up to Attorney General Merrick Garland. However, Reid and Symone Sanders-Townsend want lawmakers who sided with the former president to be treated like post-Civil War Confederates.
Sanders-Townsend announced last year she would step down from her position within the White House. She joined MSNBC shortly after.