Following the violence on the U.S. Capitol Complex on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) announced she will no longer oppose certain states’ Electoral College votes from being certified.
Loeffler on Monday had announced that she would vote to reject electors from certain states. However, as both chambers of Congress began meeting on Wednesday to review and certify Electoral College results from the 2020 presidential election, the Capitol Building was breached by rioters.
Senators and representatives eventually had to be evacuated as rioters attempted to gain access to the chambers.
At least one individual was shot and killed inside the Capitol, and, as of this writing, the D.C. and Virginia National Guards were deploying forces to help ensure the security of Capitol Hill. There have been no reports of any members of Congress being injured.
The Capitol Building itself was cleared and Congress resumed its business on Wednesday evening.
Shortly after the Senate reconvened, Loeffler took to the floor. Her remarks came amid a debate on an objection to the electors from Arizona, the first of six states that were expected to be contested.
“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 conscience, object to the certification of these electors,” she said.
“The violence, the lawlessness and the 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,” Loeffler continued. “And I thank law enforcement for keeping us safe.”
Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com