The Journal Sentinel’s editorial board correctly contends that Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Tiffany should resign or be expelled for siding with Trump against our republic:
It was one of Scott Fitzgerald’s first votes in Congress — and he voted to give aid and comfort to an insurrection.
This is what putting Donald Trump ahead of democracy, the Constitution and the will of the citizens has wrought.
Fitzgerald was joined by fellow Wisconsin Congressman Tom Tiffany in voting with those who wanted to reject Electoral College votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, just hours after a band of rioters roused by Trump stormed the Capitol.
They would have voted to reject the will of voters in Wisconsin as well, they said later, but they weren’t given the chance.
Fitzgerald and Tiffany were the only members of the House of Representatives from Wisconsin who joined in an insurrection built upon a foundation of ignorance and lies.
Sen. Ron Johnson decided to vote against both baseless challenges to certified votes only after our nation’s Capitol was sacked as Congress gathered to perform its simple constitutional duty to recognize the Electoral College vote.
But Johnson had been shilling for Trump and this moment for days, adding kindling to the megalomaniac’s fire, so his last-minute switch does nothing to absolve his role in stoking this shameful day in American history.
Both Johnson and Fitzgerald have Whitewater connections: Johnson in his representation of Wisconsin in the United States Senate, and Fitzgerald as the United States Representative for the gerrymandered Fifth Congressional District, of which Whitewater is a part.
If these men had their way, then Wisconsin’s certified presidential choice (the choice of Whitewater, also) would have been set aside on the basis of lies and conspiracy theories.
Well worth remembering.