Sen. John Barrasso speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore

WASHINGTON, D.C — Senator John Barrasso, (R-WY), a staunch supporter of Trump and his administration, announced he would certify the electoral college votes yesterday, less than an hour before an insurrection broke into the U.S Capitol and disrupted the vote.

The Casper-Star Tribune broke the news of Barrasso’s decision first.

“My loyalty is to the Constitution and to the people of Wyoming,” Barrasso said in a statement.“Allowing certified electoral votes to be counted is my sworn duty. It is also consistent with the Constitutional authority of each state to certify their electors for president.”

“In Wyoming, we pride ourselves on being guardians of the Constitution. We must maintain that commitment as we protect and defend our Constitutional freedoms,” he added.

Following the outcome of the 2020 election, Sen. Barrasso fueled the rhetoric supporting the President’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud. On Dec. 3, he tweeted, “Election fraud should be investigated quickly & thoroughly. We need to make sure this was a fair election & there is integrity in the system because that’s the basis of our nation. An unfairly elected Democrat-controlled House, Senate & White House is not what Americans want.” The tweet accompanied a video of the Senator appearing on Fox News discussing the election and the Georgia Senate run-off, “we can see already the dirty tricks being done by democrats in Georgia, again,” said Barrasso.

During the siege of the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6, Barrasso and other lawmakers were evacuated to a secure, undisclosed location. Barrasso tweeted, “This violence and destruction have no place in our republic. It must end now.” He condemned the actions of the mob but has yet to condemn the president himself, for inciting the violence. Congresswoman Liz Cheney is the only member of the Wyoming delegation to outrightly condemn the president.

Earlier in the day, during a planned “Save America” rally, Trump made a rambling hour and fifteen-minute long speech, emboldening his supporters to march on the Capitol. He said, “After this, we’re going to walk down and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down anyone you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

He slurred his words during the speech, saying, “Make no mistake, this selection stolen from you, from me and from the country.” At another point, he said, “We fight like Hell and if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

The crowd could be heard chanting, “Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump! Fight for Trump!”

The House and Senate returned to session after an over four-hour siege of the Capitol. The Electoral College votes were certified with 6 Republican objections to the certification of Arizona’s votes, and 7 objections to Pennsylvania’s Electoral votes. Sen. Cynthia Lummis was among the 7 who voted in favor of the objection. The objections were not sustained. On Jan. 7, 2021, just after 3:25 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence announced that President-elect Joe Biden was certified by Congress as the winner of the 2020 election. Biden will be sworn in on Jan. 20.

According to reports, four people died during the attempted coup at the Capitol. A woman was shot inside the Capitol building and later died of her injuries, the three other deaths have been attributed to “medical emergencies.”

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.