(FixThisNation.com) – Congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, faced criticism and correction from the social media network X, previously known as Twitter, following his Tuesday remarks concerning Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio. Schiff had suggested that if Jordan became the House Speaker, he could potentially influence the electoral vote counting in the upcoming presidential election.
This assertion was made amidst the congressional vote on whether Rep. Jim Jordan should succeed Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, as the Speaker of the House. Schiff expressed concern that Jordan’s potential role could significantly impact the forthcoming presidential election, given his involvement in challenging the previous election results.
On Tuesday, Schiff conveyed his apprehensions on X, writing: “Republicans are poised to possibly elect Jim Jordan as Speaker today. In such a case, Jordan would oversee the electoral vote counting in the subsequent election, despite his notable efforts to contest the prior one.”
He further commented, “Their recklessness seems to know no bounds.”
However, Schiff’s post was met with a clarification from X through a Community Note. The note emphasized that it’s the vice president’s role, not the House Speaker’s, to lead the counting of the Electoral College votes. Moreover, the individual elected as Speaker in October 2023 would only preside over the electoral count on January 6, 2025, if the Republican party maintains its majority in the House post the November 2024 elections.
This clarification from X referenced information from the Library of Congress, The Hill news source, and The National Archives’ details on the Electoral College. The Library of Congress confirms that under 3 U.S.C. § 15, the Vice President officiates the joint Congressional session where Electoral College votes are counted.
Schiff’s statement also attracted criticism from other X platform users. For instance, conservative writer Tim Young responded to Schiff’s comments by highlighting his apparent misunderstanding of the electoral process. Additionally, conservative actor Dean Cain mocked Schiff’s intelligence, while conservative commentator Debra Garrett lauded the public correction of Schiff’s statement.
Despite the criticism and correction, Schiff’s original post remained available as of Wednesday morning.
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