US lawmakers who voted for the certification of the November three presidential election to substantiate the victory of Joe Biden as the subsequent president are dealing with violent threats, together with loss of life threats, Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has mentioned.
Mr Khanna, in an interview to CNN News on Tuesday, mentioned the threats had been being acquired by Congressmen from each the Democratic and the Republican events.
“What people don’t realise is that the threat of violence is not just against Democrats or progressives. It’s actually against Republicans. I have talked to some of my colleagues — I don’t want to say who — but they have had death threats,” Mr Khanna instructed CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.
“People who have voted for certification, they are facing the threats of violence. So, this is a terrible situation for many people who are serving, and it crosses party lines,” the Democratic chief from California mentioned.
A Joint Session of the US Congress on January 6 formally licensed the Electoral College victory of Biden as the subsequent US President and Kamala Harris because the Vice President within the November three election.
The Electoral College votes had been authorised after each the Senate and the House of Representatives rejected objections raised by the Republicans to the votes within the states of Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Biden, a Democrat, acquired 306 votes whereas Trump, a Republican, bought 232. To win the race for the White House, a candidate ought to garner no less than 270 Electoral College votes out of the 538 up for grabs.
Responding to a query on Tuesday, Khanna mentioned the argument of President Donald Trump that the impeachment transfer is inflicting great injury to the nation doesn’t maintain logic.
“It says if someone commits a crime, robs a bank, and then says, well, the person to blame is the police for arresting them or the prosecution for holding them accountable,” he mentioned.
The US House of Representatives is all set to vote on articles of impeachment towards President Trump on Wednesday.
Trump has been charged with ”incitement of rebellion” for his actions on January 6 when he delivered a speech inciting his supporters to put siege to the Capitol, an motion that quickly halted the counting of Electoral College votes and resulted within the deaths of 5 people, together with an officer of the US Capitol Police.
“What we need is accountability for the act, and then we do need to figure out how we start to stitch this country together. And, Brooke, it’s not going to be easy, because the reality is, there is still a large base of Donald Trump supporters in these constituencies who believe him,” Mr Khanna added.
“We have to be candid about that, that this country is divided. And the question is, how are we going to have a peaceful transition of power and then convince a chunk of that base that it’s time to heal this country?” he mentioned.
On the eve of the impeachment vote, Mr Khanna mentioned Republicans are in a tricky spot proper.
“They’re facing enormous pressure. And I think many of them are grappling with their conscience, and then what some of the base and constituency is demanding,” he mentioned.