MADISON – U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman said Thursday his fellow Republicans were courting danger by trying to overturn the election results and accused President Donald Trump’s son and attorney of contributing to Wednesday’s siege on the U.S. Capitol.
“I condemn the rioters as well as any public officials who played a role in encouraging this behavior,” said a statement from Grothman, of Glenbeulah. “In particular, Rudy Giuliani and the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., behaved irresponsibly.”
Grothman said he had considered voting against President-elect Joe Biden’s victory before deciding he couldn’t go along with that idea Wednesday because states, not members of Congress, are supposed to decide how electoral votes are cast.
“I am sure that James Madison and Alexander Hamilton are spinning in their graves,” Grothman said of Wednesday’s attempt to reverse the results. “The idea that the President would be determined by a vote of Congress is both absurd and dangerous.
“I ask my Republican friends how they would feel if in 2024 Mike Pompeo were to best Kamala Harris with 275 electoral votes and a Democratic Congress were to throw out Wisconsin’s electoral votes because we have photo ID laws or didn’t have enough voting machines? We would be apoplectic.”
Among those voting to throw out electoral votes were two Wisconsin Republicans — Reps. Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau and Tom Tiffany of Minocqua. In addition, Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh objected to Arizona’s electors, but he changed course after the attack on the Capitol and voted to confirm the results.
Said Grothman: “Some Congressmen voted ‘no’ yesterday to ‘make a statement’. I almost did this myself so I don’t want to be too critical, but a vote is a vote and it would go into the history books as one more Congressman approving of the idea that Congress elects the President.”
Grothman said he would like to see a special commission investigate voter fraud allegations, as Johnson and other Republican senators have proposed. But he also said two Trump-aligned attorneys — Giuliani and Sidney Powell — have undercut claims of voter fraud.
“Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell repeatedly promised bombshells that would prove crookedness,” Grothman said. “It never appeared, which undermined the President’s case.”
No evidence of widespread fraud has been found by the U.S. Department of Justice or judges who have reviewed five dozen lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies.
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