Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying'

Philadelphia's Republican city commissioner, who faced multiple threats after overseeing the counting of ballots in the 2020 presidential election, recently spoke out against a wave of efforts to censure Republican officials who broke with the party in voting to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday, Commissioner Al Schmidt called out the Republican Party.

"It's strange to hear Republican organizations complain about cancel culture, and yet they're seeking to censure Republican elected officials who have done nothing more than told the truth," Schmidt said. "If they would like to censure someone, I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying to voters."


He continued on, speaking about the lies that have led to violence across the country.

"Those lies have consequences, as we've seen around the country. As we've seen in Washington, D.C., as I've seen outside my house, there are consequences to these lies and honestly, I don't know what the solution is to get around all of this," Schmidt said.

Schmidt in November also said he and members of his staff had received death threats as they counted votes, adding that critics of his office had been "coming up with all sorts of crazy stuff" about the integrity of the city's election systems and casting doubt on the impartiality of vote counters. 

Several Republicans, including Pennsylvania's Sen. Patrick Toomey, Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) have faced backlash and calls for censuring after voting to convict Trump in his most recent impeachment trial.