Last Wednesday, Republican Senator Josh Hawley announced that he would object to the certification of the electoral college vote on January 6th. Some Republicans, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, had hoped to avoid this. He argued that it would open an “extended debate on the floor about the outcome” of the presidential election and encouraged others not to join in. However, on Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as well as eleven other members of the Senate joined in the movement, announcing they would also oppose the vote from electors in states in which fraud has been suspected. They are calling for Congress to launch a 10-day audit into the election results in each of those states. At least 14 senators have not yet publicly announced whether they plan to certify or not. It was reported that several members from the House of Representatives “also plan on contesting the vote tally.”
The Left mocks the move. “This stunt won’t change the fact that President-elect Biden will be sworn in on Jan. 20, and these baseless claims have already been examined and dismissed by Trump’s own attorney general, dozens of courts, and election officials from both parties,” stated Biden spokesperson Michael Gwin.
“In the two months since Election Day, President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have filed, and lost, at least 60 election-related lawsuits, at all levels of the state and federal court systems, alleging voter fraud and other improprieties, and they have failed to prove their case at every turn…”Cameron Peters, Contributing Writer for Vox News
Matthew Rozsa, writer for far-left Salon news site, stated, “Long before the 2020 election, Trump’s go-to response to even the possibility of losing any election has been to accuse the other side of cheating.” Jon Cooper, Chair of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, called Hawley, Cruz, and their “Senate cohort” the “Constitution’s most dangerous domestic enemies.”
Many on the Right are in support of the move but doubt that it will succeed.
“The issue of ballot integrity needs to be highlighted. Lack of confidence in our elections – a justified lack of confidence – is, right now, the biggest threat to our democracy. Reforms are necessary, or confidence will erode further…So, while it won’t do anything to prevent a Biden/Harris administration from taking office, objecting to electoral results in the joint House/Senate session, which is usually just a formality, can play a useful part in advancing the cause of election integrity.”John Hindraker, President of conservative think tank Center of the American Experiment
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) stated, “The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution, to have election issues presented so that they can be addressed. That’s why, on January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process…We must restore trust, confidence and integrity in our election system.” Vice President Mike Pence also expressed his support: “The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on Jan. 6.” Others criticize the move, arguing that there are “no disputed states” nor is there any concrete evidence of fraud.