GOP representative: Some Republicans voted to challenge election results due to safety concerns

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) said that while some GOP members of Congress "share responsibility" for misleading the supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, others feared physical violence if they opposed objections to the 2020 election results. 

"They were being lied to. They were being misled," he said of the demonstrators. "Some of my colleagues in Congress, they share responsibility for that. Many of them were fundraising off of this Stop the Steal grift."

But other Republicans, he argued in an interview with the libertarian magazine Reason, "had legitimate concerns about the safety of their families. They felt that that vote would put their families in danger."


Those lawmakers, he said, knew in their "heart of hearts that they should've voted to certify" but voted to support objections to the results of election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona due to fears that members of their families could face retaliation.

Meijer, who occupies the seat held by former Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (I-Mich.), who left the Republican Party after voting for the president's impeachment, went on to say that Trump's "unwillingness to come to grips with reality" continued to perpetuate the problem and made him "rankly unfit" for office.

Lawmakers have excoriated the president for his remarks praising the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while seeking answers as to why a violent mob was able to overwhelm Capitol Police and vandalize the building.

Numerous Democrats, including the party's congressional leadership, have called for the president to resign or be removed from office, while some Republicans in both chambers have joined the calls as well.