SPOKANE, Wash. - Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane has reversed course, now saying she will uphold the Electoral College vote count and President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
As a mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, McMorris Rodgers in a statement called for a "peaceful transfer of power."
The protesters had been egged on by Trump, who since the November presidential election had launched a barrage of false attacks on the integrity of the results.
"What happened today and continues to unfold in the nation’s capital is disgraceful and un-American. Thugs assaulted Capitol Police Officers, breached and defaced our Capitol Building, put people’s lives in danger, and disregarded the values we hold dear as Americans," she said. "I have decided I will vote to uphold the Electoral College results and I encourage Donald Trump to condemn and put an end to this madness."
McMorris Rodgers previously said she would object to the Congressional vote, not to overturn the election but to examine allegations of potential fraud, certify that states are protecting election integrity, and ensure people’s voices are heard.