US Capitol riots: Republican Elise Stefanik fired from Harvard role

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US Capitol riots: Republican Elise Stefanik fired from Harvard role

Republicans who voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory continued facing consequences this week. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New Yo

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Republicans who voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory continued facing consequences this week. 

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican and ally of President Donald Trump, was removed from an advisory committee she served on at the Harvard Institute of Politics after she refused to step down from it. 

Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the ringleaders of the so-called ‘treason caucus’ in the Senate, has lost his communications director.

Harvard's Institute of Politics cut ties with Rep. Elise Stefanik for voting against the certification of Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden. The dean said Stefanik 'made public assertions about voter fraud ... that have no basis in evidence'

Harvard’s Institute of Politics cut ties with Rep. Elise Stefanik for voting against the certification of Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden. The dean said Stefanik ‘made public assertions about voter fraud … that have no basis in evidence’

Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the ringleaders of the so-called 'treason caucus,' with members continuing to face consequences this week. For Cruz that meant losing his communications director who felt uncomfortable with his role in inspiring the Capitol Hill riot

Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the ringleaders of the so-called ‘treason caucus,’ with members continuing to face consequences this week. For Cruz that meant losing his communications director who felt uncomfortable with his role in inspiring the Capitol Hill riot

Cruz's communications director Lauren Blair Bianchi quit her job in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot

Cruz’s communications director Lauren Blair Bianchi quit her job in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot 

Overall, seven Republican senators and 147 House members voted in favor of challenges to Electoral College votes going to Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania. 

Both of the controversial votes took place after Capitol Hill was mobbed by MAGA rioters, in a violent incident that killed five, including a Capitol Police officer. 

Sen. Josh Hawley and Cruz received much of the early blowback for their decision to sign on to the House GOP effort to object to certain swing state Electoral College votes. 

During the January 6 joint session to certify the Electoral College results, a House member must be joined by a senator to file an objection. 

Hawley, for instance, lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster and was reprimanded by his political mentor in his home state.  

Biden said Friday that Hawley, Cruz and others are complicit because they furthered Trump’s ‘big lie’ – that the election was rigged. 

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.  

Their move to object to certifications also pushed the fallacy that Congress had the power to change the outcome of the election – which inspired the mob to attack the Capitol Building. 

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Halwey, seen giving a clinched-fist salute to the crowd that would overwhelm the Capitol building Wednesday, originally took most of the blowback for challenging Electoral College votes

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Halwey, seen giving a clinched-fist salute to the crowd that would overwhelm the Capitol building Wednesday, originally took most of the blowback for challenging Electoral College votes 

In a letter released Tuesday, Harvard Kennedy School’s Dean Douglas Elmendorf chastised Stefanik, who graduated from the university in 2006, for pushing Trump’s chosen narrative. 

‘Elise has made public assertions about voter fraud in November’s presidential election that have no basis in evidence, and she has made public statements about court actions related to the election that are incorrect,’ Elmendorf said. 

Elmendorf also said he offered the New York Republican the chance to step aside – and she refused. 

‘In my conversation with Elise, she declined to step aside, and I told her that I would therefore remove her from the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee at this time,’ Elmendorf said. 

Stefanik responded by calling it a ‘rite of passage and badge of honor to join the long line of leaders who have been boycotted, protested, and canceled by colleges and universities across America.’ 

‘The decision by Harvard’s administration to cower and cave to the woke Left will continue to erode diversity of thought, public discourse, and ultimately the student experience,’ she said in a statement Tuesday.  

Cruz’s communications director since 2019, Lauren Blair Bianchi, had become uncomfortable with the role her boss played in inspiring the riots, according to reporting from Punchbowl News. 

She, however, left the job by wishing Cruz and her former colleagues good luck. 

‘I’m grateful to Senator Cruz for the opportunity and wish him and his first-rate staff nothing but the best,’ she said.   

A number of large companies including American Express, Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association have said they will no longer donate to Republicans who voted in favor of the Electoral College vote challenges. 

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