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Over 100 Conservative Leaders: Cruz, Hawley, Brooks, and colleagues followed the Constitution

Yesterday, over 100 leaders of the conservative movement released the following letter

pointing out that Republicans who challenged the counting of tainted Electoral votes were availing themselves of a constitutional process that has been used by Democrats regularly, most recently in 2017 and that using the Constitution’s processes is neither an incitement to violence nor an act of insurrection. The text of the letter and list of signers follows:


January 14, 2020


Washington, DC

Conservatives condemn the violent actions that took place at the United States Capitol last week. Our self-government is founded upon the rule of law, and violence as a form of protest is never acceptable. Unlike most Democrats, we condemned the violent actions of rioters over the summer. We condemn the recent violence with equal vigor.

But one thing is also clear: the actions of 8 Senators and 139 House members, including Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Ted Cruz, and many others, who intended to or did debate the certification of certain states’ 2020 electors is not, and never will be, tantamount to violence. The right and ability to object to electoral certification is written into the Constitution and housed in the procedural rights of those who represent us.

It is why Democrats in the House, and in one case, the Senate, rose to object to elections in 2001, 2005, and as recently as 2017. Those Democrats – which include currently sitting Reps. Clyburn, Davis, Grijalva, Hastings, Jackson-Lee, Lee, Pallone, Schakowsky, Thompson, and Waters– were not assigned motives of treason, or sedition, or violent overthrow of the government, and for good reason. Our representatives using the constitutional and procedural rights afforded to them as elected officials is not, by definition, an incitement to violence.

Our self-government exists to deliberate, debate, and resolve issues of consequence to the country. Exiling or in any way punishing those who try to use the bodies as they were intended – as national forums where voters see their concerns raised and considered in a democratic fashion – will diminish what has made our republic strong. It sets a precedent that foreshadows a dangerous disintegration of the consensus that has held us together: a respect for dissent, a vigorous but respectful airing of views, and peaceable resolution by democratic means.

Moreover, we reject opportunistic attempts by some to use last week’s events as a pretext to dismiss legitimate concerns about election irregularities, and illegal and unconstitutional actions. The 2020 election was conducted in an unprecedented manner: largely by mail, and in a way that overwhelmed the capacities of many states. It is not at all unreasonable to review the manner in which votes were counted.

Indeed, if the goal is to restore faith in future elections, then a comprehensive review and analysis to determine what went wrong, what went right, and what is in need of reform should be a critical next step.

The violence committed at the Capitol was reprehensible and without defense. The overwhelming majority of protestors were peaceful, however, and did not participate in criminal activities. They are still Americans, their concerns still matter, and they cannot be wished away by legislators as inconvenient.

Our politics should be where we solve problems. It should not be a forum for violence, or for politically motivated purges. Moving forward from here will require more speech, not less; more deliberation, not demagoguery. Moves to punish or to exile will not build us up, they will only serve to marginalize, radicalize and destroy. We urge all our leaders – and all conservatives – to oppose them.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman

Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute

Wesley Denton

Chief Operating Officer

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Herman Pirchner, Jr.

Founding President

American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Rachel Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Mary Vought

Executive Director

Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel

U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)

U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

Marjorie Dannenfelser

President

Susan B. Anthony List

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council

Daniel Schneider

Executive Director

American Conservative Union (ACU)

Frank J. Gaffney

Executive Chairman

Center for Security Policy

William Shaker

CEO

Washington Marking Group

Eunie Smith

President Emeritus

Eagle Forum

Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

Sal Russo

Co-Founder and Chief Strategist

Tea Party Express

Karen England

Executive Director

Capitol Resource Institute

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund

Gerard Kassar

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party

Mat Staver

Chairman

Liberty Counsel Action

J. Christian Adams

President

Public Interest Legal Foundation

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle

Trustee

Media Research Center

Willes K. Lee

President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

Donald L. Woodsmall

Managing Member

Arromid, LLC

Rick Scarborough

President

Recover America Now

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

G. Eric Georgatos

Executive Producer

America Can We Talk?

Dr. Alejandro Antonio Chafuen

Chairman and Acting President

Hispanic American Center for Economic Research

Rob Gluskin

Managing Partner

Gluskin Investment Partners

William W. Pascoe, III

Board Member

Tea Party Patriots Action

Art Ally

President

Timothy Partners, Ltd.

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com

Joan Holt Lindsey

President

Lindsey Communications

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

Lee Beaman

CEO

Beaman Ventures

Bill Johnson

President

American Decency Association

Leigh Bortins

Owner

Classical Conversations

Rick Manning

President

Americans for Limited Government

Lewis K. Uhler

Founder and President

National Tax Limitation Committee

Amapola Hansberger

President

Legal Immigrants for America

Rebecca Hagelin

CEO

United in Purpose

Paavo Ensio

Chairman

Universal Minerals Group

Dr. Daphne Patai

Emeritus Professor

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Caren Cowan

Publisher

New Mexico Stockman magazine

C. E. Cowan

Publisher

Livestock Market Digest

Floyd Brown

President

Western Center for Journalism

Paul Gessing

President

Rio Grande Foundation

John Richardson

President

Protect Americans Now

James R. Tovar

Development Director

National Legal and Policy Center

Nancy Schulze

Founder, President

Republican Congressional Wives Speakers

The Honorable Mark Finchem

State Representative

Arizona Legislature

Simina Farcasiu

Founder and CEO

Lower48 Analytics

George C. Landrith

President

Frontiers of Freedom

Clare Lopez

Founder/President

Lopez Liberty LLC


Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

President, Republic Book Publishers

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project & President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

David Bozell

President

ForAmerica

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Penny Y. Nance

President & CEO

Concerned Women for America

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna

President

Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

William L. Walton

President

Council for National Policy

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

The Honorable Matt Schlapp

Chairman

American Conservative Union (ACU)

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

The Honorable Matt Schlapp

Chairman

American Conservative Union (ACU)

Myron Ebell

Leader, EPA Team

Trump Transition (2016-17)

Stephen Stockman

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Texas

Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum

Colleen Holcomb

President

Eagle Forum

Dr. Teryn B. Clarke

Neurologist

Newport Beach

Benjamin R. Case

Private Citizen

Troy J. Andrews

CEO

Paradigm Midstream, LLC

Richard Wright

Owner

R & S LLC

Lori Roman

President, American Constitutional Rights Union Action

Marcia G. Taylor

CEO

Bennett Family of Companies

Richard G. Scurry

VP Business Development

14all, Inc.

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Law Offices of Jack Park

Kielle C. Horton

President

The Lindsey Foundation

The Honorable Diana Denman

Presidential Appointee/President Ronald Reagan, The Reagan Legacy Forum

James L. Martin

Founder & Chairman

60 Plus Association

Michelle Easton

President, Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Mike Davis

Founder and President

Article III Project (A3P)

Khadine Ritter

Chairman

Eagle Forum of Ohio

Reverend Frank Pavone

National Director

Priests for Life

Rob Chambers

Vice President

AFA Action


C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Chad Connelly

President

Faith Wins

Richard Norman

Founder and President

The Richard Norman Company

Robert Keith Fischer

Meeting Coordinator

Conservatives of Faith

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas

Chairman

The Conservative Caucus

Bill Shaker

CEO

Washington Marketing Group

Barbara Ledeen

Ron Robinson

President

Young America’s Foundation

Dr. Christopher C. Hull

Senior Fellow

Americans for Intelligence Reform

Robyn Sachs

President

RMR & Associates

David Hirsch

Managing Director

RSI Realty

Andresen Blom

President

Hawaiian Values

Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

Sandy Rios

Director of Governmental Affairs

American Family Association

Don L. (Bebo) Lee

President

New Mexico Federal Lands Council

Tim Throckmorton

President

Lifepointe Ministries

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover

Managing Director

Sterling Institute

The Honorable Eileen J. O’Connor

Founder, Law Office of Hon. Eileen J. O’Connor PLLC

Randy M. Long

Founder

Long Business Advisors, LL

Jeffrey B. Mendell

Chairman & CEO

JBM Realty

Dr. Donald van der Vaart

Senior Fellow

John Locke Foundation

Tim Wildmon

President

American Family Association

Bradley Johnson

President

Americans for Intelligence Reform

Debra Burlingame

Co-founder, 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America

Karen Hartman

Paralegal

Heartbeat International


  • Ted Cruz

  • Josh Hawley

  • Objection to Electors

  • Constitution

  • senate process

  • Capitol riots

  • Donald Trump

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