NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Hours after making a joint commitment to challenge the electoral college vote, Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty reversed course and voted to confirm the results of the election.
I will vote in support of certifying the electoral college results.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 7, 2021
Blackburn and Hagerty joined a number of Republicans in Congress who changed their mind about challenging the electoral vote after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday afternoon.
To the protestors that have breached the Capitol building: you are disrupting the democratic process. You should be ashamed of yourself. This is violence. This is a crime. It must stop.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 6, 2021
Blackburn and Hagerty had previously said in a combined statement that they would be "taking a united stand against the tainted electoral results from the recent Presidential election."
I have always believed in peaceful protesting. What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is not peaceful, this is violence. I condemn it in the strongest terms. We are a nation of laws and this must stop.— Bill Hagerty (@BillHagertyTN) January 6, 2021
Both said said they would vote against the certification of the 2020 election results.
Yesterday, both Tennessee senators took to Twitter to condemn the rioters.
Hagerty tweeted saying “I have always believed in peaceful protesting. What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is not peaceful, this is violence.”
Blackburn also went on to tweet saying “I will vote in support of certifying the electoral college results.”
Sens. Kelly Loeffler, Steve Daines and James Lankford also voted to confirm the results after previously committing to an objection.
Congress certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory was the last step before inauguration on January 20.
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