Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) stated that she could no longer support the contest for Electoral College certification after anti-certification rioters stormed the Capitol Building on Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, after the federal lawmakers were relocated from the House and the Senate chambers, Loffler wrote on Twitter, “Violence is abhorrent, and I strongly condemn today’s attacks on our Capitol. We must stand united as one nation under God. I’m grateful for our brave men and women of law enforcement. May God bless America.”
On Wednesday evening, Loeffler took the Senate floor and stated, “When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes.” She continued and said, “However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now, in good conscience, object to the certification of these electors.”
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia says the violence in Capitol has made her reconsider plan to challenge the electoral votes: "I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors…I pray that America never suffers such a dark day again" pic.twitter.com/LILRucSjrQ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 7, 2021
Following this statement, Loeffler argued that the Violence, lawlessness, and the siege of the Capitol are abhorrent. She stated that this move is a direct attack on the very institution that her objection was intended to protect: “The sanctity of the American Democratic process.”
In her Senate speech, Loeffler also called on the Senate to focus on “protecting the integrity of our elections” as well as restoring the faith in the Democratic process. Loeffler said, “there can be no disagreement that upholding Democracy is the only path to preserving our Republic.”
Loeffler added that she still believed that there are multiple “last-minute changes” and irregularities. However, she said that there is no excuse for what happened in the Capitol on Wednesday. Loeffler ended her statement by saying, “I pray that America never suffers such a dark day again.”
"I know your pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us… We have to have peace. We have to have law-and-order…. We don't want anybody hurt."
"I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace."
The president has issued a statement.🔻 pic.twitter.com/oGNSmVAR0X
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 6, 2021
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, President Trump released a video statement addressing the Violence that broke out on Capitol Hill after a rally held beforehand in the day.
In the video, Trump said, “I know your pain. I know your hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace.”
He added that we have a law, and we have to respect our great people in law and order. President Trump continued and said, “we don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time.” He added and said, “this was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people.”
Count the “Antifa” warnings shouted from the crowd as a window is broken at the Capitol building.
Trump supporters are the obvious majority at the non-peaceful protest, but those same supporters were warning about alleged ‘Antifa’ penetration before violence broke out. Watch:🔻 https://t.co/0sdVcxtltq
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 7, 2021
Trump ended the video footage with a message saying, “we have to have peace. So, go home. We love you, you’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace.”
Twitter severely restricted the video that was posted by Trump due to its content claiming that the election was “stolen,” which has yet to be substantiated in court or by government officials.
Former Attorney General William Barr previously said that the federal investigators had “not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Dear MAGA- I am one of you. Before I worked for @realDonaldTrump, I worked for @MarkMeadows & @Jim_Jordan & the @freedomcaucus. I marched in the 2010 Tea Party rallies. I campaigned w/ Trump & voted for him. But I need you to hear me: the Election was NOT stolen. We lost.
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) January 6, 2021
On the other hand, Alyssa Farah, White House Communications Director, also posted a Twitter message saying, “Dear MAGA- I am one of you. Before I worked for @realDonaldTrump, I worked for @MarkMeadows & @Jim_Jordan & the @freedomcaucus. I marched in the 2010 Tea Party rallies. I campaigned w/ Trump & voted for him. But I need you to hear me: the Election was NOT stolen. We lost.”
Farah added and said that there were cases of election fraud that should be investigated. However, the legitimate margins of victory for Joe Biden are too big to change the outcome. She then said, “I’m proud of many policy accomplishments the Trump Admin had. But we must accept these results.”
The White House Communications Director also added, “It’s time to regroup, organize, & campaign for political leaders we believe in, and let our democracy work. It is NOT and NEVER will be a time for Violence. If you believe in America first, you believe in our Constitution, the rule of law, & our first principles.”