For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 14, 2021
NARAL condemns the seven Republican members of California’s Congressional delegation whose refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election helped to incite the 1/6/21 attack on the U.S. Capitol
California — Last week, seven members of California’s Congressional delegation joined over 100 fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives in drawing on baseless conspiracies about voter fraud to vote to overturn the presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, blatantly defying the will of the tens of millions of Americans who cast their ballots for President-elect Joe Biden. By challenging the results of the 2020 election without any evidence and elevating dangerous conspiracy theories, these members played a clear role in inciting the violent 1/6/21 attack on the U.S. Capitol led by armed pro-Trump white supremacists.
In response, NARAL Pro-Choice California Director Shannon Olivieri Hovis released the following statement:
“Every member of Congress who aided and abetted Trump’s plot to undermine our democracy and overturn the results of the presidential election has blood on their hands. There is no doubt that their peddling of baseless conspiracy theories and refusal to accept Trump’s defeat at the ballot box played a direct role in fanning the flames that led to last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, putting their colleagues and our democracy in danger. There is no place in Congress for white nationalist, QAnon sympathizers. The seven members of California’s Congressional delegation who participated in this attack on our democracy are unfit to serve—including Minority Leader McCarthy. We are ashamed to hail from the same state as these so-called leaders and call for their immediate removal from office, either via their resignation or, if necessary, expulsion from Congress. Our society—and our democracy—cannot move forward until these traitors are held accountable for this unprecedented betrayal.”
The seven members of California’s Congressional delegation who voted to overturn the election results include: Reps. Doug La Malfa (CD-01), Devin Nunes (CD-22), Mike Garcia (CD-25), Jay Obernolte (CA-33), Ken Calvert (CD-42), Darrell Issa (CD-50), and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CD-23).
McCarthy failed to meaningfully hold Trump accountable for inciting the 1/6/21 attack. While McCarthy publicly stated—in a blatant effort to distance himself from the president’s plunging approval ratings—that Trump “bears responsibility” for the attack, he nevertheless joined 196 of his fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday to vote against impeaching Trump for a second time.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters have fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom—including access to abortion, contraception, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 7 in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family.