1 year later, Wisconsin must remember the shameful acts of Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Tiffany |

U.S. Representative Scott Fitzgerald attempted to cheerfully mark his birthday in Congress on Monday.

“A year ago today I was sworn in and assumed the duties of this office,” Republican Juneau said. tweeted with a ceremonial photo of him taking the oath at the United States Capitol on January 3, 2021.

Fitzgerald needs to read that oath again – and take it seriously this time. Fitzgerald swore to “uphold and defend the Constitution” and to “bear true faith and allegiance thereto”, while “faithfully discharging” his responsibilities as a servant of the people.

His commitment to these principles lasted three days.

On January 6, 2021 and into the wee hours of the next morning, Fitzgerald shamefully tried to prevent the votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania from being counted in the final certification for president. The rookie congressman even said he would have voted to disenfranchise Wisconsin voters had he had the chance – to oppose the election itself which led him to take the oath.

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Voters — especially those in Wisconsin’s 5th congressional district, which includes Jefferson, Washington and parts of Dodge and Waukesha counties — should never forget his betrayal of American democracy.

The same goes for voters in northern Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district, whose U.S. Representative Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, also sought to nullify a free and fair election. Fitzgerald and Tiffany were among more than 100 Republicans who will go down in history as traitors to democracy. Even after violent mobs stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on January 6, 2021, Fitzgerald and Tiffany still voted against the election results based on lies. and conspiracy theories. They preferred the fantasies of a woefully flawed and defeated President Donald Trump to the will of the American people.

Judges – some appointed by Trump – in more than 60 court cases, multiple recounts, election audits and reviews have dismissed Trump’s bogus claims that he won. Yet the huckster reality TV star turned leader of the free world for four long years still refuses to accept defeat – creating another potential constitutional crisis in 2024.

Fitzgerald, Tiffany, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh and most Republican leaders in Washington seem more than happy to play along with Trump’s lies, undermining confidence in our system of government and fomenting division. And their complicity no doubt contributed to the misinformed masses who attacked the US Capitol a year ago today, following Trump’s orders at a rally outside the White House to go to the Capitol and ” beat like hell”.

The January 6 attack was nothing less than a coup attempt. Angry mobs beat police officers with blunt objects, smashed an officer between doors and injured more than 100 law enforcement officials, eventually trashing congressional chambers and offices. A woman trying to force her way into the chamber of the House, where members of Congress were sheltering for protection, was shot and later died. One officer died of a stroke. Within days, two officers committed suicide.

The attempt to stop our democracy by brute force even included chants to hang Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president, for fulfilling his constitutional duty. Pence certified Biden’s election, just as Biden certified Trump’s victory in 2016 when Biden was vice president.

Although Johnson changed his mind hours after the Jan. 6 uprising and voted with most members of Congress to certify Biden’s election, Johnson was one of Trump’s ringleaders in the plot leading to the election. Attack on the Capitol. And to this day, Johnson continues to downplay the severity of this historic American nightmare.

Wisconsin voters should remember Johnson’s failed leadership if he seeks a third term. Johnson only told the truth that Trump lost — “There is nothing patently biased about the results” — when he was caught on hidden camera at a Republican Party event last August.

If Johnson seeks re-election this fall — even though he told voters during his last campaign that he would not run again — an honest, principled Republican should challenge him in the GOP primary, joining a host of candidates Democrats in hopes of defeating him.

The same goes for Fitzgerald and Tiffany, who don’t deserve their jobs. Republican voters who want their party to return to its conservative values ​​of respecting tradition, limiting the scope of government and spending prudently — rather than satisfying Trump’s ego, whims and deceit — need to stand up. . They need to tell the Trump apologists and enablers in the Wisconsin congressional delegation that it’s time to go. America needs honorable civil servants to survive.

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