GOP Senator Pens Letter Apologizing To Black Constituents for Election Challenge

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is apologizing to his Black constituents after he originally planned to challenge the presidential election results.

He is noting that challenges to the election were viewed as “casting doubt on the validity of votes coming out of predominantly Black communities” across the country.

In a letter to “friends in North Tulsa” on Thursday, Lankford recognized, “My action of asking for more election information caused a firestorm of suspicion among many of my friends, particularly in Black communities around the state. I was completely blindsided, but I also found a blind spot.” The letter was obtained by Tulsa World.

He continued, “What I did not realize was all of the national conversation about states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, was seen as casting doubt on the validity of votes coming out of predominantly Black communities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Detroit.” The senator added:

“After decades of fighting for voting rights, many Black friends in Oklahoma saw this as a direct attack on their right to vote, for their vote to matter, and even a belief that their votes made an election in our country illegitimate.”

In his conclusion, Lankford wrote, “I can assure you, my intent to give a voice to Oklahomans who had questions was never also an intent to diminish the voice of any Black American… I should have recognized how what I said and what I did could be interpreted by many of you.”

“I deeply regret my blindness to that perception, and for that I am sorry.”

Lankford was among a group of Republican senators planning to challenge the election results unless a commission was formed to audit the presidential election results over a 10-day period.

“If my colleagues will not agree to hear the concerns of millions of Americans, I am still prepared to oppose some of the electors today,” Lankford tweeted on the afternoon of Jan. 6, pointing to an op-ed he wrote.

However, the night of the riot when protesters stormed the U.S. Capital — which brought a temporary halt to Congress cemented Joe Biden’s election win — Lankford wrote in a statement, “Today is a sad day for our country. The destruction and violence at our nation’s Capitol is an assault on our democracy.”

After calling for a “peaceful and orderly transition of power,” Lankford said, “We must stand together as Americans. We must defend our Constitution and the rule of law.”

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  1. With regard to Election fraud-
    when the GOP backed down after the PEACEFUL PROTEST
    (isn’t this what Dems have called it all year?!) they basically are calling ALL THE WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO CAME FORTH AND SIGNED SWORN AFFIDAVITS (of VOTER FRAUD)……..LIARS!

  2. “He is noting that challenges to the election were viewed as “casting doubt on the validity of votes coming out of predominantly Black communities” across the country.”

    Looks like somebody was playing the race card again. Always trying to make someone back down by calling them racist. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

    1. If you don’t want to be exposed as a racist, Chuck, then don’t BE a racist. A simple solution for a simple problem.

      The real question is whether you think being a racist is really a problem or not. Right, Chuck?

    2. Oh Chuckie Cheese has all the markings of a racist. He tries to hide it but his posts say otherwise. He’s frightened that he will be obsolete in the future when racist white guys become an endangered species. Lol

    1. Sort of, mike, but probably not for the reasons YOU think. A coward is “a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person”.

      What is difficult for a corrupt Congress member? The main thing that should come to mind would be losing donor money and voters. Someone like Lankford doesn’t want THAT to happen. We just saw that night and day change happen with Lindsey Graham, too, last week.

      If you listen to what Lankford said, how and when he said it, you can read between the lines. Lankford is one of the MANY American Fascists who has been around for a while (over ten years in office), so he knows EXACTLY how he has condoned and supported voter suppression and how gerrymandering has helped get him elected and STAY elected.

      Lankford’s biggest donors are from the oil and gas sector, then seniors and certain PACs. Of course, he got a phone call. Either play ball or lose their support. He has no idea how to earn the support of his constituents otherwise, except here to apologize to a fair chunk of his state population, to get re-elected. Corruption is not all that complicated, mike.

  3. Here we go another freaking moron who’s trying to prove God knows what. I’m getting a little sick of this recent stuff this black lives matter stuff this kowtowing to the black stuff get rid of the race card everybody say human color doesn’t matter get over it

      1. The color of one’s skin never seemed to matter overseas but it does in this country and at certain times or certain legislation to be passed

  4. What a complete and utter douche. It seems that the entire Republican Party has lost its mind in the span of two weeks. They have become totally indistinguishable from the Democrats. All of this capitulating, kowtowing, and sucking up is pathetic. 75 million Americans no longer have representation in government. A pox on all of them. I initially thought that what happened on Jan. 6 was shameful, but after seeing the outrageous rhetoric and the blatant lies coming out of Congress ever since, I’m glad it happened. It has shown everyone’s true colors more brightly than ever. The poor babies were fearful for their lives for two hours. Good! They’ve let the American people live in fear for 8 months now with riots, looting, burning down stores and houses. And now they expect sympathy. Psssh. They can suck it. I’d sooner trust my proctologist to give me a root canal then ever trust any of these Republicans again.

    1. “[The American Fascists] have become totally indistinguishable from the Democrats.” Sean

      BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You are so ignorant and naïve, Sean.

      1. Generally Confused dolt – The American Fascists are the Democrats. They always have been, from supporting the British (tories), to supporting seceding from the Union by Southern states to preserve slavery, to cheating the freed slaves out of their 40 acres and a mule, to voting against Black’s rights to vote, to forming the KKK. Democrats have always been the real racists in America. Now, they want to use blacks to get votes by paying them with handouts. The recent election in Georgia showed how they pay for votes as Biden the loser Thief promised $2000 to “go out the door immediately” if the Democrats won. Of course he lied. Still no checks. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

        1. “The American Fascists are the Democrats.” Chuck

          That isn’t how this works, Chuck. We have been over this before. I can always revise your history mark lower, you know.

    2. “I’d sooner trust my proctologist to give me a root canal then ever trust any of these Republicans again.’ (Sean)
      Color me NOT surprised. Are you one the many Trumpsters who took the advice of college flunk outs, business school or law school graduates on public health?

    3. Sean…”let the American people live in fear for 8 months now with riots, looting, burning down stores and houses.” Yep, I’m so sure. Get an education, then use it.

    4. What lies there Sean? I just can’t imagine you hiding in your house, frightened that a bunch of “brothers” wanted to kill you. You are a racist idiot!!

  5. It’s our elected official’s duty to make sure the election was fair. Langford should have followed through regardless if someone would be upset. Langford will be voted out of office as well as many Democrats.

    1. Can you cite a court case that found the Trump legal team’s arguments credible? Read Judge Bibas, a Trump appointee, legal decision on the claims of an “unfair election.” www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/203371np.pdf

    2. Ron, the thing you’re missing here is that Langford KNEW that Biden won fairly. He KNEW that there may have been some isolated irregularities, but not enough to change a seven million person win margin. He KNEW that a vast conspiracy to change thousands and thousands of votes would have required a nationally coordinated strategy, shared among hundreds, maybe thousands of individuals. He KNEW that judges require some form of evidence to be shown in order for a case to be submitted to their court, yet not one teensy bit was submitted and 60+ cases were thus dismissed. He KNEW this because he seems to be an intelligent man. But he also KNEW that he could heighten his “in” with the Rump base, if he could just shed his integrity long enough to push his agenda through, despite knowing it would lead nowhere. Now, his about-face has created a lose-lose situation for him. Good.

      1. Right, Margaret. It will be interesting to see the entire fallout every two years over the next term or two. It will take that amount of time for more information about this regime and all of its associated cronies to come out, so that voters can see that they were hoodwinked ever since that surreal glide down the golden escalator, in 2015.

  6. The rioters broke into the Capitol in all likelihood to stop Congress from reviewing what happened in the election. Race had nothing to do with anything. For instance, the printing and shipping in thousands of ballots to PA from NY has nothing to do with ethnicity. Seven states violating their own election laws had nothing to do with race either. The fraud that occurred happened in heavily populated Democratic-controlled areas. Oklahoma had nothing to do with anything. Sen Langford is just trying to get on the good side of the new administration so they’ll toss him a few crumbs.

    1. The “rioters” broke into the Capitol to stop the Congress from fulfilling the constitutional requirement of COUNTING the state and D.C. certified election results.

      Which are the seven states that violated their own election laws and who is your source of your assertion?

    2. John, I agree that race had nothing to do with the insurrection at the Capitol, other than the fact that 99% of them were white supremacists. The insurrection was more about adults acting like toddlers who didn’t get their way, so they decided to throw a giant storm of a hissy fit. They are the furthest thing from a patriot – they are domestic terrorists. And your repeating the fantasy about the ballots and States violating their election laws is just that – a fantasy.

    3. “The rioters broke into the Capitol in all likelihood to…” overturn the November election. Why ELSE would they be there, John? King Donald The Loser was THEIR loser and they didn’t want to go down without swinging at their last ball.

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