- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said President Joe Biden’s election certification process in January would have tanked if Republicans had a House majority back then.
- “I thank heavens that we had a Democratic majority in the House that day,” she said on Friday.
- “If we didn’t, we would have to be relying on a sizable amount of Republican members to do the right thing,” she added.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said she doubts the House would have certified President Joe Biden’s victory in January if Democrats hadn’t retained the majority.
Ocasio-Cortez relayed this doubt during a virtual town hall on Friday with Rep. Jamaal Bowman, also a Democrat from New York.
During the town hall’s Q&A portion, an attendee asked whether and how House Republicans who voted against Biden’s certification will be held accountable.
“At the moment, there has been no accountability,” Bowman said, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to form a congressional committee to investigate the insurrection on January 6 is a step toward that.
The commission is still being convened, Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that she believes “we’ll be able to move forward with accountability” once the investigation is over.
“Without that accountability, I thank heavens that we had a Democratic majority in the House that day because frankly if we didn’t, we would have to be relying on a sizable amount of Republican members to do the right thing,” the congresswoman continued.
“And what we’ve seen in some of their votes is that many of them will fall in line, even when they know it’s the wrong thing to do,” she said.
“If, for example, there was a Republican majority in the House, we do not know what would have happened in terms of certification of election results,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Senate Republicans initially blocked a bill that would have established an independent commission to look into the January 6 Capitol riot. Pelosi, in response, formalized plans to do so, announcing it earlier this week.
“Personally, I believe that’s why a lot of Republicans were opposed to the formation of a bipartisan commission because there are likely members that don’t want to see some of these facts come to light and corroborate it,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the town hall.
In the months that followed the Capitol riot, Republicans have continuously downplayed the insurrection.
In May, Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia likened the people who stormed the building to tourists and said referring to the riot as an insurrection is a “bald-faced lie.”