Growing number of GOP lawmakers back Electoral College challenge

Growing number of GOP lawmakers back Electoral College challenge

A growing number of House Republicans say they will challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College results on Jan. 6.

The latest Republican to say he will do so is Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), who will be a part of the House when it convenes in early January.

He implored other Republicans to also challenge the results in a video message.

“I have a message for all other Republicans across the country,” Cawthorn said. “If you are not on the record calling for fair, free and just elections now and in the future, I will come to your district and I will fund a primary opponent against you.”

Not doing this to help my career in Washington, in fact this will most likely harm it. But no one should go to Washington as a career. Go there to serve the people. And on behalf of the people I am contesting this election based on constitutional violations by key states. pic.twitter.com/puDmUZAbaw

— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) December 21, 2020

There is no evidence the results of the last election showing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCongress passes .3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal House conservatives huddle at White House to plan challenging election results House passes massive spending deal, teeing up Senate vote MORE defeating President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell: Senate to return Dec. 29 for potential Trump veto override vote Congress passes .3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal No. 2 GOP senator: Efforts to overturn election would ‘go down like a shot dog’ MORE by more than 70 electoral votes and more than 7 million votes overall was unfair, and efforts by Trump and his allies to reverse the outcome have gone nowhere in the courts.

The effort in the House is also doomed to failure, as it will not be possible for supporters to secure a majority vote given Democratic control of the lower chamber, and the fact that a number of Republicans also object to the effort first launched by Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksNo. 2 GOP senator: Efforts to overturn election would ‘go down like a shot dog’ House conservatives huddle at White House to plan challenging election results The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Congress set to fund the government, pass COVID-19 relief package MORE (R-Ala.). 

But Trump has encouraged the effort, and a number of House Republicans, likely with an eye on getting attention from the most powerful Republican in the country, have said they will join Brooks.

Over a dozen lawmakers led by Brooks met with Trump on Monday to discuss objecting to the certification of Biden’s victory.

They included Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceNo. 2 GOP senator: Efforts to overturn election would ‘go down like a shot dog’ GOP lawmakers are showing up more frequently on Newsmax Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee MORE (R-Ga.), who said on Twitter that he would lead an objection to Georgia’s electors.  

Big meeting today with @realDonaldTrump, @VP, the President’s legal team, @freedomcaucus and other Members of Congress.

I will lead an objection to Georgia’s electors on Jan 6.

The courts refuse to hear the President’s legal case.

We’re going to make sure the People can!

— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) December 22, 2020

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said on Monday that he would object to the results if Congress does not investigate voter fraud by Jan. 6, and wrote a letter to congressional leadership demanding action.

Confidence in our elections must be restored. If Congress doesn’t act, on Jan 6 I’ll object to the electoral college vote submissions on the House floor on behalf of the millions of Americans, myself included, who don’t trust the validity of this election. https://t.co/wC86vzPx45

— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) December 21, 2020

Roughly 20 other Republicans signed on to Babin’s letter. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddTop GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee Congress eyes 1-week stopgap, longer session to reach deal Alabama Republican becomes third House member to test positive for COVID-19 this week MORE (R-N.C.) tweeted on Tuesday that he plans to object to the results, saying “#WethePeople will keep fighting for @realDonaldTrump.”

Yes, I plan to object on January 6th.

MILLIONS of Americans saw what I saw:

– Voter safeguards removed

– No signature verification

– Outdated voter rolls

– Ballots accepted after Election Day

– Poll watchers denied access

#WeThePeople will keep fighting for @realDonaldTrump.

— Rep. Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) December 22, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Senate to return Dec. 29 for potential Trump veto override vote Congress passes .3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal No. 2 GOP senator: Efforts to overturn election would ‘go down like a shot dog’ MORE (R-Ky.) has asked senators not to join the efforts, and Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell: Senate to return Dec. 29 for potential Trump veto override vote No. 2 GOP senator: Efforts to overturn election would ‘go down like a shot dog’ McConnell vows to hold votes on Biden’s Cabinet picks MORE (R-S.D.) said on Monday that it would “go down like a shot dog.”

If no senator joins Brooks, there will not be a vote and debate in either chamber. But it’s unclear whether Brooks will get one senator to back his effort.

Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has suggested that he will back it.

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