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1/7/2021 11:46:00 PM
Burr, Tillis, McHenry Vote Against Objections

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

After an invasion of the US Capitol by insurrectionists, the US Congress finally got down to business late Wednesday night and shortly before 4 AM Thursday morning (Jan. 7th) they concluded certifying the Electoral College results of the Nov. 3rd Presidential election.

Republican members of the US House and US Senate raised objections to the Electoral College reports from Arizona and Pennsylvania.  Before the vote, seven of North Carolina’s eight Republican US House members said they would object to at least one state, while Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and 10th district Rep. Patrick McHenry said they would vote to certify the results.

Virginia Foxx, who represents NC's 9th district, which includes Gaston & Cleveland counties, joined those objecting to the Pennsylvania results.  Foxx voted to accept the results from Arizona.  

Burr, Tillis and McHenry were all criticized by some local Republicans for their decision.  One of them, a former Lincoln County GOP chair, posted on Facebook: 

"Thom Tillis you owe every volunteer that ever made one single phone call for you an apology!!! Do you know how many people we had to turn around and beg to vote for you?? saying that President Trump needs your support!!!
1000’s! Now I regret every single one of them!

"You are a traitor to your Country and your constituents! Sadly, You are not alone!

"If anyone can’t see plain as day that was antifa that stormed the Capitol then you are just a special kind of willful ignorance! You cowered to that? You are right up in there and you can’t see that America is under siege?? We know you can and we know you’re complacent with it!

"Deep state must have sent out a strong black mail Tuesday and they must have some really juicy goods on you and so many others! Can’t wait for President Trump to expose it all and to see your embarrassment and humiliation!

"Because volunteers that made calls for you are totally humiliated and embarrassed today."

Tillis had earlier issued the following statement before the violence on Wednesday began:

“The American people should have full faith in our election system, which is why I led the passage of voter ID legislation in North Carolina and why I supported President Trump’s right to call for recounts and bring challenges to the courts. I share the concerns of many Americans regarding the lack of security of widespread mail-in voting and the partisan actions of activist Democratic lawyers who succeeded in making questionable changes to the voting process while Americans were already casting their ballots. Even if it wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the election, irregularities and fraud are never acceptable and they should be investigated and prosecuted when appropriate.

“The Framers of our Constitution made it clear that the power to certify elections is reserved to the states, not Congress. Refusing to certify state election results has no viable path to success, and most importantly, it lends legitimacy to the Left’s stated policy objectives of completely federalizing elections and eliminating the Electoral College. Congress should not overstep its Constitutional authority by overturning the results of states and the will of American voters, especially absent legitimate requests from states for Congress to intervene. It is a precedent we should not set."

McHenry issued a statement Thursday, not on his vote but on the violence:

“The Capitol is our nation’s most remarkable building. It is a working monument to our nation’s founding principles and testament to the freedoms we hold dear. A building which—in normal times—all Americans are invited to visit and experience. What happened there yesterday was awful. Seeing Capitol Police attacked as mobs forced their way in, was not something I ever expected to see in this country. There is real frustration, but frustration should be expressed through peaceful protest. All Americans must agree that we can never condone violence. Thank you to the law enforcement officers who helped restore order and continue to protect the building.”

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