Not long before the tallying of and objections to the Electoral College results were disrupted by the violent protest at the Capitol, U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-TN-07) had repeated his intention to contest the election results.
Green on Wednesday announced his intention to object to the slates of electors in “certain states.”
“Since the election, I’ve heard from countless Tennesseans who have serious doubts about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. Here in the United States, the right of citizens to elect their leaders is the bedrock of our exceptional nation. Any single illegal vote counted means another American’s vote has been disenfranchised.
Moments from now, in the Joint Session of Congress, I will be a voice for my constituents and join in objecting to the slates of electors from certain states. Every opportunity we have to examine the evidence and debate it for the American people to see should be welcomed, not feared. Worse than a slight delay or inconvenience is a divided nation with serious doubts about their elections.
While today’s certification of electoral votes by Congress is the final step in this election, it cannot, and will not be the end of our fight to ensure fair and free elections in the future. I will continue to fight for stronger election laws for our Republic.”
During the attack, Green tweeted, “I’m inside the Capitol. My staff and I are safe. Pray for our Capitol Police and our nation. This is not who we are.”
I’m inside the Capitol. My staff and I are safe. Pray for our Capitol Police and our nation. This is not who we are.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) January 6, 2021
Green on Dec. 30 first announced his intent to object to the Electoral College certification, The Tennessee Star reported.
“Over the last two months, I’ve heard from countless constituents who have no confidence in the outcome of the presidential election in certain states. And who can blame them? I tried to sound the alarms for nearly a year in House Homeland Security Committee and Oversight Committee hearings that the increase in mail-in balloting and last-minute changes to election laws could lead to confusion, fraud, and distrust. Sadly, those warnings were not heeded,” Green wrote.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.