Soon-to-be former Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler rescinded her support today for objections to the certification of Electoral College votes.
On January 6, she originally planned to be one of the senators to object to the certification, but she says that yesterday’s storming of the Capitol Building has made her reconsider her decision.
Since Election Day in November, Trump supporters have been urging Loeffler, along with her fellow Georgia Senator David Purdue, to support President Trump in his efforts to investigate election fraud in the 2020 election.
Loeffler has studiously ignored most of these entreaties and had only decided to declare her support for objecting to Electoral College certification extremely late in the game.
John Fredericks, a major radio show host in Georgia, has been receiving furious calls from Georgia Republican voters almost since Election Day, and nearly all of these callers have stridently stated that they would not vote for Loeffler or Purdue if the senatorial candidates did not make absolutely clear their intentions to defend election integrity. Still, Loeffler and Purdue refused to make any decisions on the matter for a long time. This was likely a factor in both of their losses in the Jan. 5 runoffs.
This contrasts sharply with the behavior of other politicians, like Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks and Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones, who backed the president and his supporters from the very beginning.
Loeffler’s late decision to support objecting to certification was therefore probably made because she could feel which way the wind was blowing. Her subsequent decision to rescind support could conceivably be seen in a similar light.
Storming the Capitol
On January 6, enormous throngs of Trump supporters showed up in Washington DC to support President Trump, to protest the election fraud that occurred in numerous states in 2020, and to object to Congress’ efforts to certify the electoral votes from those states in which fraud occurred.
Though it is not yet entirely clear precisely what happened, a group of protestors found their way inside of the Capitol Building.
There has been video circulating online of police removing barricades and allowing pro-Trump protesters through onto the grounds of the Capitol Building, and there have also been photographs shared of known Antifa members — including one man with a hammer-and-sickle tattoo on his hand —carrying Trump flags and impersonating Trump supporters.
What role these likely provocateurs played in the ensuing chaos is not yet known.
In any event, one unarmed woman, 35-year-old Air Force Veteran Ashley Babbitt, was shot and killed by police as a result of all this. Numerous people also found their way into the rooms where Congress had been debating, including one man wearing a Viking helmet who briefly sat in Nancy Pelosi’s chair.
Washington DC imposed a 6:00 p.m. curfew and protestors were immediately forced to leave.
Loeffler’s decision to reconsider her objections to certification came, she says, as a result of this chaos. She declared on the Senate floor on Wednesday night, “When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of electoral votes. However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now, in good conscience, object to the certification of these electors.”
Of course, the violence that occurred at the Capitol, though horrible, in no way invalidates the claims of election fraud. It simply has nothing to do with them. Fraud either happened, or it didn’t, and any violence at the Capitol is an entirely separate issue.
Furthermore, the protestors are not known to have been armed, and they showed up in Washington because their repeated demands to address issues relating to election fraud have been ignored by both state legislators — including Republican legislators — and courts across the country.
No one should be surprised if Trump’s supporters come to regard Loeffler’s decision as another example of an Establishment Republican playing turncoat and siding with the elite against the people.