Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) indicated in a video that surfaced Thursday that that he thinks the Senate should support a challenge to the results of the Electoral College, which certified President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBooker: Proposed COVID-19 relief bill is ‘far short’ of desired pandemic aid for states and communities Trump to name Giuliani’s son to role on Holocaust Memorial Council Biden would save US .6 billion by halting border wall construction: report MORE’s victory this week.
Tuberville suggested he would back a challenge Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksRand Paul claims election ‘in many ways was stolen’ during Krebs hearing Conservative outlet OAN won’t recognize Biden as president-elect until Congress certifies Johnson, Lee don’t plan to challenge Electoral College results MORE (R-Ala.) has vowed to bring against the vote. If a senator joins Brooks, it would require the House and Senate to debate and then vote on the issue.
“You see what’s coming. You’ve been reading about it in the House. We’re going to have to do it in the Senate,” Tuberville said in the video taken by liberal activist Lauren Windsor at a rally for Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerRepublicans hold slight edge in Georgia Senate runoffs: poll With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Senate GOP to Trump: The election is over MORE (R-Ga.) and David PerdueDavid PerdueRepublicans hold slight edge in Georgia Senate runoffs: poll With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Senate GOP to Trump: The election is over MORE (R-Ga.) in Georgia.
It appeared that Tuberville believed he was speaking with another rallygoer rather than a liberal activist, and Windsor asked the senator-elect what he could do to “fight to make this election right.” The video was taken Wednesday night.
BREAKING: Defying McConnell, Sen-elect Tuberville suggests he will challenge Electoral College, while stumping in Georgia pic.twitter.com/1z5wJ2ajVP
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) December 17, 2020
Tuberville’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request from comment from The Hill, but earlier this week Tuberville’s campaign chairman had said that the senator-elect might back the Brooks effort.
“I think that he [Tuberville] and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz: Mexico damaging security, relationship with US by undermining DEA Fake accounts posing as GOP leaders on Parler are selling Trump hats and CBD oil: report Johnson, Lee don’t plan to challenge Electoral College results MORE are the two best candidates to do this,” said Stan McDonald, Tuberville’s campaign chairman, during an interview on WVNN-radio in Huntsville on Tuesday. “I don’t know yet if or when he will do this. He’s very seriously considering it.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden plans to get COVID-19 vaccination publicly as early as next week Pence, other Trump officials to get vaccine publicly Sweeping COVID-19, spending deal hits speed bumps MORE (R-Ky.) pleaded with Republican senators this week to dismiss the drive to challenge the results, which has been spearheaded by Brooks. McConnell indicated that forcing a debate would ultimately lead to a contentious vote to swat away the challenge, which would divide Republicans from President TrumpDonald TrumpInterior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report South Carolina Republican tests positive for coronavirus hours after speaking on House floor Trump to name Giuliani’s son to role on Holocaust Memorial Council MORE, who remains wildly popular with the GOP base despite his loss.
“I think that there was encouragement on the phone for us to accept the result, as much as it’s not what we, you know, would have envisioned for the next four years, and to try to do what’s best for American people, which is to look forward,” Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate GOP to Trump: The election is over McConnell urges GOP senators not to object to Electoral College vote Senate chaplain in prayer: ‘We respect the conclusions of the Electoral College’ MORE (R-W.Va.) said after a conference call with McConnell.
If the vote took place, it would not change the outcome of the election as there is not enough support in the House or Senate for it to be successful.
Trump and his allies have launched a sprawling legal campaign to overturn the election results on claims that widespread voter fraud cost him reelection. But virtually all of the lawsuits have been thrown out, at times by Trump-appointed judges, for lack of evidence or standing.
“We got to grab a hold and hold on. We have no choice. Listen to me now, we have no choice but to win this election. They’re going to try to steal it, they’re going to try to buy it, they’re going to do everything they can, lie, cheat, steal to win this election, like they did in the presidential election,” Tuberville told the rally crowd in Georgia.
Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneOn The Money: Sweeping COVID-19, spending deal hits speed bumps | Deal set to include smaller stimulus checks, jobless benefit support | Biden, Powell praise progress toward agreement Overnight Defense: AI co-pilots Air Force flight for first time | Government funding, COVID-19 relief hit last-minute snags | Top veterans groups call for Wilkie’s firing Hillicon Valley: Texas, other states bring antitrust lawsuit against Google | Krebs emphasizes security of the election as senators butt heads | Twitter cracks down on coronavirus vaccine misinformation MORE (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters Thursday he hopes Tuberville does not vote to have a debate on the Electoral College, saying, “it’s time … to move on.”
“The fact of the matter is that’s been litigated over and over… it’s time to be done with this,” Thune said. “I would hope that we wouldn’t have members of the Senate who would decide that that makes sense. I don’t think it’s a good decision right now and I don’t think it’s good for the country.”
Jordain Carney contributed to this report.