Jan 6, 2021

Kelly Loeffler Rescinds Electoral Vote Objection After Capitol Building Riots: Transcript

Senator Kelly Loeffler Rescinds Objection
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Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler rescinded her objection to the counting of the electoral college votes on January 6. She said she decided to withdraw the objection based on the events earlier in the day when Trump supporters & protestors broke into the Capitol building. Read the full transcript here.

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Speaker 1: (00:03)
Majority Leader?

Mitch McConnell: (00:03)
I yield the lectern five minutes to the Senator from Georgia, Senator Loeffler.

Speaker 1: (00:07)
Senator from Georgia.

Senator Loeffler: (00:16)
Mr. President, when I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes. However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now, in good conscious, object to the certification of these electors.

Senator Loeffler: (00:34)
The violence, the lawlessness, and siege of the halls of Congress are abhorrent and stand as a direct attack on the very institution my objection was intended to protect, the sanctity of the American democratic process. And I thank law enforcement for keeping us safe.

Senator Loeffler: (00:55)
I believe that there were last minute changes to the November, 2020 election process and serious irregularities that resulted in too many Americans losing confidence, not only in the integrity of our elections, but in the power of the ballot as a tool of democracy. Too many Americans are frustrated at what they see as an unfair system.

Senator Loeffler: (01:14)
Nevertheless, there is no excuse for the events that took place in these chambers today. And I pray that America never suffers such a dark day again. Though the fate of this vote is clear, the future of the American people’s faith in the core institution of this democracy remains uncertain.

Senator Loeffler: (01:32)
We, as a body, must turn our focus to protecting the integrity of our elections and restoring every American’s faith that their voice and their vote matters. America is a divided country with serious differences, but it is still the greatest country on earth. There can be no disagreement that upholding democracy is the only path to preserving our republic. I yield the floor.