Republicans say they would reject presidential ballots from states where the results have been questioned by Trump’s campaign before the audit is complete.
Texas’ Ted Cruz, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and nine other U.S. Republican senators or senators-elect said Saturday they would deny electoral votes from states where Donald Trump contested his loss of Joe Biden “until a 10-day emergency audit” of those findings. In the Biden age, Republican efforts to contest election signals’ Trump cult ‘will live on. Continue reading The change is essentially symbolic and the presidential election is unlikely to be updated. Although Biden won more than 7 million votes nationally and won the Electoral College by a 306-232 margin, Trump refused to accept that even though Biden won more than 7 million votes nationwide and won the Electoral College by a 306-232 margin, a margin Trump called a landslide when he won against Hillary Clinton in 2016. On Friday, a federal judge dismissed the case of a House Republican attempting to grant the power to override it to Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Electoral College result certification on Wednesday. Senators and senators-elect who released a statement on Saturday joined Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley in promising to contest the outcome. The effort to disenfranchise a majority of Americans looks doomed to failure with Democrats in charge of the House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leading Republicans opposed. On Saturday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she would vote to certify the results, writing, “The oath I took when I was sworn in was to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, a constitution” (Indiana).
Also signed on were Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming), Roger Marshall (Kansas), Bill Hagerty (Tennessee) and Tommy Tuberville (Alabama). “The 2020 election,” they said, “like the 2016 election, was hard-fought and narrowly decided in many swing states. The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities. “There has been no hard evidence of such allegations. Federal officials, including former Attorney General William Barr and Christopher Krebs, a Trump-fired cybersecurity leader, have said the election was secure. However, the senators said Congress “should immediately appoint an election commission, with full investigative and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of election results in disputed states. Once the audit is complete, the individual states would evaluate the commission’s findings and could call a special session of the Legislature to certify a change in their election if necessary,” The reverse would be claimed by most well-informed analysts, as that process ended post-Civil War Reconstruction and led to the imposition of oppressive Jim Crow laws in the once slave-owned South. “In August, historian Eric Foner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, told the Guardian, “The election of 1876 would not have been contentious at all if it had not been for massive violence in the South to prevail.