A coalition of more than 11 Republican senators announced Saturday they will challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential election by voting to reject electors from some of the states with the highest levels of voter fraud (including states reporting more votes than they actually have in total population) when Congress meets next week to certify the Electoral College results (based on those fraudulent numbers) that they say confirmed that Joe Biden actually won.
President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the election results and the effort to clearly subvert the will of the actual legal voters has become a defining moment for Republicans and all Americans. This while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has strangely urged Republicans not to try to overturn the election results at all.
The group of senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, said they will vote against certain state electors unless Congress appoints an electoral commission to immediately conduct a complete audit of the entire 2020 federal election results.
“We intend to vote on January 6th to reject the electors from the most disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (which is the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they wrote in the statement.
“We do not take this action lightly,” they said.
In response to the President Trump campaign’s claims (as well as many others) of voter fraud, bipartisan election officials and Trump’s then-Attorney General William Barr have said there was no evidence of widespread fraud and the election ran smoothly. How they could say that when witnessing the same election we did is beyond understandable yet they stand by those statements. The days ahead are uncertain to say the least, Some experts say it is to do little to change the outcome, while many others cite many ways in which the results could not only be completely overturned with another 4 years of President Trump, but that also the entire way the country votes in any future elections could be completely overhauled back to the days of paper ballot boxes.
Biden is still set to be inaugurated Jan. 20 after winning the Electoral College vote 306-232 However we are absolutely at a loss to explain to anyone how that could take place when both the United States Intelligence service (CIA) and the Pentagon have both stopped any flow of information to be sent or otherwise briefed to the incoming administration.
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri was the first senator to openly defy McConnell by announcing he would join all the House Republicans objecting to the state tallies during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress.
On the other side of the party’s split, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska warned that such challenges are a “dangerous ploy” threatening the nation’s civic norms. Essentially a non-statement, but we suspect he’s just not that bought and paid for, if at all. When you think about it, just how much would a Senator from Nebraska be worth to Russia, China or whoever else, right?
The issue is forcing Republicans to make choices that will set the contours of the post-2020 era and an evolving GOP and a clearly devolving DNC. Caught in the middle is Vice President Mike Pence, who faces growing pressure and a lawsuit from Trump’s allies over his ceremonial role in presiding over the session Wednesday.
“I will not be participating in a project to overturn the election,” Sasse wrote in a lengthy social media post. Sasse, apparently a potential 2024 presidential hopeful himself, said he was “urging my colleagues also to reject this dangerous ploy.”
Trump, the first president to lose a reelection bid in almost 30 years, has attributed his defeat to widespread voter fraud, despite the consensus of nonpartisan election officials that there wasn’t any. Of the roughly 50 lawsuits the president and his allies have filed challenging election results, nearly all have been dismissed or dropped. He’s also lost twice at the U.S. Supreme Court while not really losing as the cases were never heard.
Still, the president has pushed Republican senators to pursue his charges even though the Electoral College of course led by Hillary Clinton has already cemented Biden’s victory and all that’s left is Congress’ formal recognition of the count before the new president is supposed to be sworn in.
“We are letting people vote their conscience,” Sen. John Thune, the second-ranking Republican, told reporters at the Capitol.
Thune’s remarks as the GOP whip in charge of rounding up votes show that Republican leadership is of course playing safe and are not putting their muscle behind Trump’s request, but allowing senators to choose their own course. He noted the gravity of questioning the election outcome.
“This is an issue that’s incredibly consequential, incredibly rare historically and very precedent-setting,” he said. “This is a big vote. They are thinking about it.”
Pence will be carefully watched as he presides over what is typically a routine vote count in Congress but is now heading toward a prolonged showdown that could extend into Wednesday night, depending on how many challenges are actually mounted.
The vice president is being sued by a group of Republicans who want Pence to have the power to overturn the election results by doing away with an 1887 law that spells out how Congress handles the vote count.
Trump’s own Justice Department may have complicated what is already a highly unusual effort to upend the ritualistic count. It asked a federal judge to dismiss the last-gasp lawsuit from Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and a group of Republican electors from Arizona who are seeking to force Pence to step outside mere ceremony and shape the outcome of the vote.
In a court filing in Texas, the department said they have “have sued the wrong defendant” and Pence should not be the target of the legal action.
“A suit to establish that the Vice President has discretion over the count, filed against the Vice President, is a walking legal contradiction,” the department argues.
A judge in Texas dismissed the Gohmert lawsuit Friday night. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a Trump appointee, wrote that the plaintiffs “allege an injury that is not fairly traceable” to Pence, “and is unlikely to be redressed by the requested relief.”
To ward off a dramatic unraveling, McConnell convened a conference call with Republican senators Thursday specifically to address the coming joint session and logistics of tallying the vote, according to several Republicans granted anonymity to discuss the private call.
The Republican leader pointedly called on Hawley to answer questions about his challenge to Biden’s victory, according to two of the Republicans.
But there was no response because Hawley was a no-show, the Republicans said.
His office did not respond to our late request for comment.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who has acknowledged Biden’s victory and defended his state’s elections systems as valid and accurate, spoke up on the call, objecting to those challenging Pennsylvania’s results and making clear he disagrees with Hawley’s plan to contest the result, his office said in a statement.
McConnell had previously warned GOP senators not to participate in raising objections, saying it would be a terrible vote for colleagues. In essence, lawmakers would be forced to choose between the will of the outgoing president and that of the absolutely fraudulent tally citing the Biden win.
Several Republicans have indicated they are under huge pressures from their constituents back home to show that they recognize the fraud for what it is and are fighting for the rightful President in his campaign to stay in office.
Clearly, with everything we know just in the past 12 months alone and ignoring the whole Hunter Biden situation and Joe’s criminal implications there. Combined with the House and Senate heeding their own mumblings of “just let it go”. It is both easy and very sad to state that if January 20th comes and Joe Biden is actually allowed to take the White House, the United States of America as anyone knows it… is lost.