Dem Sen. Jeanne Shaheen accuses GOP members of ‘bordering on sedition and treason’
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) accused some Republicans who are refusing to accept Joe Biden as president-elect of “bordering on sedition and treason.” She made the statement during a CNN interview on ‘The Recount’ Thursday evening and received intense criticism for it.
“These senators and members of Congress who have refused to acknowledge that we had a free and fair election in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by over 7 million votes, are bordering on sedition and treason in thinking that they are going to overturn a duly elected president,” Shaheen told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
A number of Republicans have accepted Joe Biden as the president-elect. However, there are still many who will not accept that as fact until all litigation plays out. They consider the 2020 presidential election fraudulent and stolen in many ways. Republicans are contesting nationwide irregularities in the voting process that handed the presidency to Biden.
President Trump has urged Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “get tougher” in the election fight. This was after McConnell recognized Biden’s victory on the Senate floor, noting “the electoral college has spoken.”.
“So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said. “The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years.”
In a series of Twitter attacks Friday morning against other Republicans who are not standing strong on fighting election fraud, Trump targeted Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
“[McConnell] and Republican Senators have to get tougher, or you won’t have a Republican Party anymore. We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let them take it away!” Trump charged on Twitter.
McConnell also asked his Republican colleagues in the Senate not to try and contest the election results on Jan. 6, when a joint session of Congress formally accepts the Electoral College count. While some strong Trump allies in the House plan to call for a debate, McConnell’s move could effectively end any hopes of a last-minute reprieve for the president. A majority of both houses of Congress would be needed to upend the election results.
Incoming Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville is hinting he plans to go against McConnell and challenge the results. President Trump called Tuberville a “hero” and said more Republicans should follow his lead.
Legal analyst and respected constitutionalist Jonathan Turley stepped into the fray and tweeted: “Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told CNN said that members of Congress who continue to question the election results “are bordering on sedition and treason.” That would mean that roughly 70 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats are also possible traitors…” He’s referring to the over 73 million voters who voted for President Trump. 68% of them feel the election was stolen by the Democrats according to a recent Fox poll.
Turley also said: “…This follows statements by Pennsylvania Attorney General in the Supreme Court that a court filing challenging the results is “seditious.” Members and citizens are allowed to question elections. That is not sedition or treason. That is free speech…”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told CNN said that members of Congress who continue to question the election results "are bordering on sedition and treason." That would mean that roughly 70 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats are also possible traitors…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) December 19, 2020
New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says elected representatives who refuse to accept the peaceful transition of power should be sanctioned.