TN Legislators Reverse Course on Objecting to Electoral College Results, Condemn Actions of Protestors

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator-elect Bill Hagerty

Nashville, TN (TN Tribune) – TN Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty who both announced intentions to oppose the Electoral College results of the 2020 presidential election, reversed course Wednesday night and voted to certify the results.

Both TN Senators also took to Twitter Wednesday to condemn the actions of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“These actions at the US Capitol by protestors are truly despicable and unacceptable,” Blackburn said on her Twitter account. “While I am safe and sheltering in place, these protests are prohibiting us from doing our constitutional duty. I condemn them in the strongest possible terms. We are a nation of laws.”

Blackburn when on to say, “To the protestors that have breached the Capitol building: you are disrupting the democratic process. You should be ashamed of yourself. This is violence. This is a crime. It must stop.”

 

 

 

Hagerty also posted a message on Twitter condemning the actions.

“What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is not peaceful, this is violence. I condemn it in the strongest terms. We are a nation of laws and this must stop,” Hagerty said.

Protesters backing President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, forcing a delay in the constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.

Trump urged his supporters to come to Washington to protest Congress’ formal approval of Biden’s win.

Several Republican lawmakers including Blackburn and Hagerty have backed Trump’s calls, despite there being no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing in the election.

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) posted on this Twitter account that he was safe and added “This is a dark day for America.”

TN State Rep. Vincent Dixie said Blackburn, Hagerty, and Tim Burchett are enablers for the events that occurred Wednesday.

“For the last 4 years @realDonaldTrump words have steadily worked towards this day of violence. Words have meanings and consequences. A life was lost due to rhetoric. Enablers @MarshaBlackburn, @BillHagertyTN @timburchett, etc. you are complicit in attempting to destroy democracy,” Dixie posted on his Twitter account.