Congress will certify the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, but the procedure is likely to be interrupted by baseless objections.
Congress is scheduled to certify the results of Wednesday’s 2020 presidential election, but baseless concerns from Republicans seeking to curry favor with Donald Trump and the base of voters who back him are likely to impede the process. Trump Makes Unfounded Argument Pence Has Power to Change Election ResultRead MoreOther Republicans have said that after hundreds of state and federal litigation, state legislative hearings and local election challenges have failed to provide a shred of proof to support Trump’s wild and false claims of voter fraud, they will not enter efforts to reverse the election result.
But each state result is subject to opposition by each member of Congress – and if an objection is signed by both a senator and a member of the House of Representatives, the two chambers must recess for up to two hours to address the objection. Here’s a brief list of key players to watch: Senators Josh Hawley and Ted CruzHawley of Missouri and Cruz of Texas lead a group of Republican senators w/ In 2024, any politician hopes to be the Republican presidential nominee, and their willingness to join the baseless campaign of Trump is seen as a symbol of their political aspirations. Challenges to the presidential election results of a state in the House of Representatives are not unusual. The House of Representatives is four times the size of the Senate, and the chamber is subject to continual change and the ideological turmoil that comes with it, with each member up for election every two years. But in the past, the Senate has largely kept out of wild assaults on legitimate presidential election results. The softness of support among even very conservative-slash-ambitionate senators for Trump’s attempt to overturn the election signals the fundamental vulnerability of the campaign and the set of question marks that lie ahead for the Republican Party. Cotton, an ardent Arkansas conservative, is also expected to run for president in 2024, while Lee is a conservative.
But each senator has declared that they are not going to accept appeals for the results of state elections. There is no telling what voters will recall from the latest episode in the primaries three years from now, but Cotton has declined to follow the death throes of Trump. Mitch McConnell The Senate Republican majority leader has asked his party not to join the election results challenges, and he sent his top lieutenant on national television to declare that such a challenge “would go down like a shot dog.” Some progressives have indulged visions of a disastrous Republican split played out on cable television. In fact, most of America will not watch, and any rifts open up will most likely feed an intra-party war as it may unfold. Nancy Pelosi The speaker of the Democratic House will be accountable for reacting to objections posed to state election results in her chamber. Pelosi is credited with organizing a united Democratic front with space for Republican recruits, widely lauded for her quick and efficient handling of the 2019 impeachment process.
A number of House Republicans, led by some of Capitol Hill’s hottest firebrands such as Mo Brooks of Alabama and Louie Gohmert of Texas, have promised to appeal to a number of state election outcomes. Some of these congressmen seem to be behaving not out of a cynical political calculation, but as true believers in the Trump cause, unlike their counterparts in the Senate.
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