Oklahoma Senator James Lankford Comments On Capitol Hill Riots

Thursday, January 7th 2021, 8:50 am
By: News On 6

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford initially planned to object to the Electoral votes, but he changed his mind after the events that transpired at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

Lankford is one of a handful of other senators who went against what they originally intended to do on Capitol Hill.

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Senator Lankford addressed his colleagues Wednesday night once lawmakers were allowed to return to the House floor.

Before protesters entered the Capitol, the Senator was set to call for a commission to audit the election, but after what happened, he ultimately called on Congress to come together and certify the election for an orderly transition of power.

"We're the United States of America. We disagree on a lot of things, and we have a lot of spirited debate in this room, but we talk it out and we honor each other. Even in our disagreements. That person, that person, that person is not my enemy. That's my fellow American. While we disagree on things and disagree strongly at times, we do not encourage what happened today. Ever," said Senator Lankford.

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Lankford added that Wednesday's violent actions severely damaged efforts to restore confidence in the election process.

Senator Lankford also said that calls to examine election integrity through legal and peaceful means should continue.