A handful of Republicans are planning to object to the election results certification – a revolt destined to fail
Who are the main players in certifying the outcome of the U.S. elections?
Republicans in Congress face their most consequential allegiance test yet on Wednesday after four years of supporting and promoting Donald Trump: should they give in to the blatant and unmerited effort of the president to reverse the outcome of an election he lost, or should they uphold the democratic process and certify Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. As Congress convenes Wednesday, a handful of Republicans in Congress are planning to object to the confirmation of the results of the Electoral College, turning a traditionally perfunctory question into Trump’s last stand. Their orchestrated revolt is doomed to fail, unparalleled in modern times, and Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20…. What is likely to occur as Congress convenes to certify the outcome of the 2020 election… Trump, who has not given up, has spent the past few weeks enlisting allies and pressuring officials to reverse Biden’s 306-32 election win in his increasingly desperate effort to cling to control. This weekend, when he forced Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory in the state, his machinations intensified. The joint session of Congress would convene to count the electoral votes, as required by the Constitution. In mahogany boxes, the votes will be presented to the chamber and read aloud in alphabetical order by state, with Mike Pence chairing the session.
It is the vice president at the end of the count who eventually officially declares the winner. Authorities call for “stop the steal” demonstrations across the Capitol, which they believe could turn violent. Trump, who has invited his followers to attend the rally as coronavirus cases surge across the nation, said he plans to participate, as do some of his allies and a number of far-right organizations, including the Proud Boys. Trump has urged Pence to simply oppose the count of votes. Trump said on Tuesday that “the vice president has the power to reject fraudulently elected voters.” This showdown has been prepared for weeks by a handful of Trump loyalists in the House of Representatives.
But the campaign has gained support from a quarter of Senate Republicans in recent days, first from Josh Hawley, an energetic first-term Missouri Republican.
Days later, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s alliance of Republican senators and senators declared their opposition to confirming Biden’s win unless Congress agrees to a 10-day analysis of the results of the election, which is highly unlikely. On Monday, Georgia’s Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who is struggling to retain her seat, announced that she will also object. (David Perdue, Georgia’s other Republican nominee, supports the initiative but won’t vote because his term expired Sunday.) In the House of Representatives, where Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump supporter, is leading the effort, Republicans said they intend to object to Biden’s wins in six swing states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Hawley has said he is planning to object to the results of Pennsylvania, while Cruz is planning to object to the results of Arizona.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to prevent this internal showdown, knowing full well that political blowback will be endured by members of his party – either for defying the president or attempting to subvert the will of millions of voters.
The initiative has been condemned by many Senate Republicans – more than enough to guarantee that the campaign will fail. It was labeled “dangerous ploy.” by Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
And Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, one of the states expected to object, criticized what he said was the “attempt to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others. “