Last week U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and leading voice on U.S.-Russia relations, released the following video statement to explain his formal protest during today’s Joint Session of Congress to certify the results of the 2016 presidential election.Click here to view the video. Full text of Congressman McGovern’s statement is below.
“Today I was the first member of Congress to rise and formally object to the certification of this presidential election. I raised the issue of Russian interference in our election, which I find appalling, and I continue to be troubled by the fact that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to care. I also raised the issue of voter suppression which is a problem all throughout our country.
“I took this action today knowing that I would not prevail and knowing that this was largely a symbolic gesture, but I think it was an important gesture nonetheless. Because I think it is important that people who have concerns, who are troubled by the things Donald Trump talked about during his campaign and about the things that he’s talked about and tweeted since the campaign.
“I think it is important that we make clear that we’re going to stand up and we’re going to fight back. I hope that there will be areas of commonality with the new administration where we can work together to help this country move forward and to work on things that will help my constituents. But I want to make it clear that I’m going to stand up and fight back in the face of policies that I deplore.
“Politics is not about rolling over. Politics is about standing up for you believe in and fighting for those things. So that is what I’m going to do. I’m going to stand up and help build a wall of resistance against policies that will do damage to our country and do damage to the people of my district who have given me the privilege of serving in the United States Congress.”