Jim Jordan slams Dems’ ‘double standards’ at Trump impeachment vote

by 24USATVJan. 14, 2021, 12:20 p.m. 22
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WASHINGTON — GOP Rep. Jim Jordan slammed the “double standards” of Democrats on Wednesday morning as the House moves to impeach President Trump for a second time — noting their own efforts to undermine the 2016 election.

In a fiery speech on the House floor, Jordan (R-Ohio), an ardent Trump confidante, noted that many of the Democrats leading the impeachment charge objected to Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.

“Guess who the first objector was on January 6, 2017? The first objector was the Democratic chairman of the Rules Committee,” Jordan said, referring to Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).

“They can object to Alabama in 2017 but tell us we can’t object to Pennsylvania in 2021,” Jordan continued.

The president is accused of inciting an insurrection when thousands of his supporters stormed Congress last Wednesday to interrupt a vote certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, leaving five people dead.

Several Republican lawmakers objected to Biden’s victory in key swing states and called for a commission to be established to investigate election fraud, something Jordan is still pushing for.

“They tell us we’re trying to overturn the election? Guess who the second objector was in 2017? The individual managing the impeachment for the Democrats,” Jordan said, referring to Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin.

“Americans are tired of the double standard. They are so tired of it,” he said.

“Democrats objected to more states in 2016 than Republicans did last week, but somehow we’re wrong?” he went on, noting that Democrats had spent four years investigating Trump but refused to look at an election that millions of people had doubts about.

McGovern immediately pushed back on Jordan, claiming that their 2016 protest vote was intended to “raise concerns about what all of our intelligence agencies had stated clearly that Russia interfered in our election.”

“What the gentleman fails to acknowledge is that we all acknowledged that Donald Trump was the president the day after the election,” McGovern said.

“Hillary Clinton conceded the day after the election and none of us pushed conspiracy theories like some of my friends on the other side of the aisle and has the president that somehow the president won in a landslide. Give me a break,” he went on.

McGovern and Jordan sparred during a heated House Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday ahead of a vote on a resolution to remove Trump using the 25th Amendment.

Jordan, who was awarded the Medal of Freedom by Trump on Monday, repeatedly refused to acknowledge that Biden won the election “fair and square” and warned that Democrats were launching more dangerous partisan proceedings.

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