For months, President Donald Trump and Representative Andy Harris have sought to undermine the will of voters across Maryland and our nation. They have made baseless claims of voter fraud and election irregularities — unsupported by credible evidence — which have been uniformly rejected by both federal and state courts as well as by Republican election officials.
There is no dispute about the result of this year’s presidential election, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won in a landslide. This outcome has been certified by every state, upheld by every court, and re-affirmed by the Electoral College. In Maryland, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris won by more than any other presidential ticket in history.
Yet, even after repeated result certification and dismissal by even the most conservative of judges, Representative Harris has continued to spout President Trump’s lies.
Yesterday, we saw the results of their inflammatory rhetoric and blatant falsehoods. A terrorist mob stormed our Capitol at the urging of President Trump. A building that has always been a shining beacon of democracy, a safe haven for freedom, became overrun with those consumed by the hate and lies that Representative Harris and his ilk have been spreading. Make no mistake, the Republican members of Congress who instigated this violence — including Representative Harris — are complicit in this attempted insurrection. They have attempted to subvert the will of the voters of our State and our country by encouraging riotous behavior in our Nation’s Capital.
Representative Harris’ actions have been nothing short of an attack on our democracy, a betrayal of those whom he represents, and an attempt to overturn a legitimate election in favor of a wannabe authoritarian. His conduct – which includes a well-publicized attempt at fisticuffs with a Democrat legislator — is a disgrace to the First Congressional District, and to all the people of Maryland. He should resign — immediately.
While the efforts of President Trump and Representative Harris have failed, and Joe Biden will become our president on January 20th, I fear that they may have inflicted serious harm on our democratic system. January 6th, 2021 will forever be remembered as the day that our very halls of democracy were occupied by those who opposed most sacred duties of our Republic. It will also be remembered as the day that our president, and some in the Republican Party, failed to stand up for the very ideals the Capitol Building symbolizes.
I hope the good people of Maryland’s First Congressional District see this blatant assault on our democracy, and their freedom for what it is, and call for the immediate resignation of Representative Andy Harris.
St. Michaels, MD