After raging against Donald Trump for trying to overturn the 2020 election results in Congress, House Democrats are doing a version of the same thing.
The investigation: The House Administration Committee, based on a party-line vote earlier this month, has launched an investigation of GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ victory in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District last November.
- Miller-Meeks took office in January after the Iowa State Board of Canvassers certified her narrow defeat of Democratic candidate Rita Hart.
- She won the swing district by just six votes out of the nearly 400,000 total votes cast, following a recount of the entire district requested by Hart.
Politico Playbook reported on Monday that “the effort to oust Miller-Meeks in favor of Hart has been blessed by the top echelons of House Democratic leadership,” according to an unnamed “source close to the process.”
- The source also said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has brought in the talents of Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias, who helped defeat Trump’s legal challenges of the election.
The hypocrisy: Just weeks ago, congressional Democrats were condemning their Republican colleagues who challenged state-certified Electoral College votes as part of a Trump-led campaign to undo Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
- Several House Democrats pushed for Republicans who objected to the votes to be expelled from Congress, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York accusing them of trying to have her killed.
- The Democrats earlier cited Trump’s opposition to federal certification of the electoral count when they unanimously voted to impeach and convict him for a second time over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump “a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States” who “represents an imminent threat” to the U.S. Constitution and democracy.
Now, however, the Democratic leadership of the House has apparently backed Hart’s argument that 22 votes for her improperly went uncounted due to issues with the voting machine and mail-in ballots.
- “The American people deserve to know who actually won this election and the people of Iowa’s second congressional district deserve to be represented by that person,” House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and longtime Pelosi ally, told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
- But a number of moderate House Democrats have publicly expressed reservations about suddenly reversing their support for state-certified elections, and others anonymously told Politico they didn’t want to take the floor vote to undo the Iowa election.
- “Two months ago, every Democrat, cable news channel, and liberal newspaper was melting down over some Republicans’ efforts to dispute state-certified election results here in Congress. I vocally opposed those efforts myself,” he said.
- “But right now, as we speak, Speaker Pelosi and Washington Democrats are literally trying to overturn a state-certified election result here in Congress. … You don’t often see hypocrisy this blatant, this shameless, so quickly.”