Dem Senators Call For ‘Immediate Resignation’ Of Sens. Cruz, Hawley

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is calling for the “immediate resignations” of fellow senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, for their alleged involvement in the Capitol Hill riots earlier this week.

In a tweet, Brown said the Republicans “betrayed their oaths of office and abetted a violent insurrection on our democracy.”

“I am calling for their immediate resignations,” he continued. “If they do not resign, the Senate must expel them.”

Brown likely named Cruz and Hawley for their role in rejecting the electoral vote, the same day as the riots.

See the tweet below:

Democratic Senator Tina Smith similarly called for their resignations.

“At a time of deep national division and in the midst of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, Senators Cruz and Hawley chose to undermine our democracy and feed the big lie that the election was stolen. They should resign immediately,” she tweeted Saturday evening.

The calls seemed to have been started by democratic Senator Patty Murray, who tweeted on Friday afternoon that Cruz and Hawley had “broken their oath of office.”

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“Any Senator who stands up and supports the power of force over the power of democracy has broken their oath of office. Senators Hawley and Cruz should resign,” she tweeted.

While any member of the legislative body can call for the expulsion of another member, the chamber currently has a Republican majority so Brown would need some Republican help to vote out Cruz and Hawley.

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, perhaps suspecting the Democratic call to expel Republican members could go beyond Cruz and Hawley, threw himself into the mix.

In a tweet, Gaetz said, “They want to expel us for using a process to debate, expressly contemplated in the Constitution.”

“This is not Democracy,” he added, referencing Brown’s attempt to throw out Republican members who are following Constitutional protocol.