Congressman Doug LaMalfa has come under stinging criticism for supporting President Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, who won a clear-cut popular and Electoral College victory. Rather than admit defeat, Trump launched a criticism of the election process and filed scores of failed lawsuits claiming unproven and widely discredited fraud.
All the allegations of a rigged election have been dismissed or denied.
“Your support for Trump’s anti-voter campaign is disruptive to the smooth transition of power that is a hallmark of American democracy“ said District Democratic leadership in a Dec. 15 letter to the congressman. “It may also lead to lack of respect for the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.”
The most prominent legal challenge to the Presidential election was brought before the U. S. Supreme Court by the State of Texas to which LaMalfa added his name in a supporting amicus brief. That brief placed LaMalfa and other signers in support of the effort to overturn the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The suit became moot on Dec. 10 when the United States Supreme Court refused to consider it. However, the fact remains that those supporting this action were willing to disregard the voters’ choices – the keystone of democracy.
According to Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, in a Dec. 12 media interview: “These are individuals who, in my opinion, have violated their oaths of office. And have sought to, in order to appease a demagogue, they’ve chosen Donald Trump over democracy and over their constituents.”
When will all this end? LaMalfa has indicated that he will not acknowledge the election results until Inaugural Day, Jan. 20, 2021.
Cindy Ellsmore, Chair CD1 Alliance Action