The fight for Election Integrity brewing in the Joint Session of Congress Jan. 6th is showing us who needs our support and who needs to go. Another GOP turncoat has revealed himself today as US Senator Rob Portman representing Ohio took a stand against the millions of Americans who voted for President Donald Trump, only to have the election hopelessly compromised by irregularities and allegations of outright fraud.
Senator Portman’s reasoning is fatally flawed from literally the first sentence of his statement, he wrote “The Constitution created a system for electing the President through the Electoral College that ensures the people and the states hold the power, not Congress. I cannot support allowing Congress to thwart the will of the voters.”
“The process in Congress on January 6 is based on a federal law that allows Congress to consider objections to a state’s certification of its electors. If both a member of the House and a member of the Senate object to a state’s certification of electors, it requires a Congressional vote on whether to reject that state’s electors. This vote has only happened twice in the 133 years since Congress enacted this statute, and Congress has never voted to uphold a challenge. It is an extreme remedy because, counter to the Constitution, it allows Congress to substitute its judgment for the judgment of the voters, and for the judgment of the states that certified the results.”
Evidently, The US Constitution is Unconstitutional to a Turncoat
Senator Portman has unilaterally declared in this statement that the 12th Amendment of the US Constitution to be a “federal law” and a remedy “counter to the Constitution”. Pro-Tip for the Turncoat Senator: Once Ratified an Amendment becomes PART OF The Constitution! So, NO Senator! The “process” you’re referring to is directly REQUIRED by the US Constitution in the event of a controversy over invalid election results.
The 12th Amendment reads:
“The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.“
A Poor Justification
According to local Ohio outlet WLWT,
“Portman said he voted for and campaigned on behalf of Trump, but will vote to certify the Electoral College’s results “in accordance with my duty under the Constitution.” He wrote, seemingly out of the Biden campaign’s playbook:
“There were instances of fraud and irregularities, as there are in every presidential election, and those who engaged in that conduct should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But after two months of recounts and legal challenges, not a single state recount changed a result and, of the dozens of lawsuits filed, not one found evidence of fraud or irregularities widespread enough to change the result of the election. This was the finding of numerous Republican-appointed judges and the Trump Administration’s own Department of Justice. Every state has now weighed in and certified its electoral slate based on its vote and the process set out in the Constitution.”
Apparently the good Senator has forgotten that his responsibility to the Constitution isn’t only to the letter of the law but to it’s spirit as well, and further that the 12th Amendment is as much a part of the US Constitution as Article 1 is. He clearly isn’t a student of history either or he would’ve read up on the Compromise of 1877 and drawn the immediately apparent parallels just as Senator Ted Cruz & Co. have. And worst of all, the Senator is accepting as too many Americans have, the leftist media’s smokescreen and the corrupted rulings of compromised officials in our courts and state governments.
At this point, in order to come to Senator Portman’s conclusion, one must be a malicious turncoat, or a fool.