In Donald Trump’s mind, the 2020 presidential election will never fully be over. Even though he lost by 74 electoral college votes and more than seven million popular votes, the impeached, one-term president who never won a popular vote still insists he was the real winner. Most alarmingly, some Republican lawmakers are signing on to his bid to overturn that election.
Romney on the latest gambit by fellow GOP senators pic.twitter.com/kH61N3KDpQ
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 3, 2021
Mitt Romney (R-UT) has famously gone head-to-head with Trump’s more divisive and dangerous rhetoric, although he aligns with his part for most votes raised in the Senate. On Saturday, the senator and former presidential candidate released a statement excoriating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as 10 others who have vowed to refuse to support the electoral college votes from being accepted.
The statement read, in part:
‘My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense. This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges serve for life. Members of Congress who would substitute their own partisan judgement for that of the courts do not enhance public trust, they imperil it.
‘Were Congress to actually reject state electors, partisans would inevitably demand the same any time their candidate had lost. Congress, not voters in the respective states, would choose our presidents.’
Twitter hashed out their feelings about Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump’s doomed attempts to overturn a democratic election, and Republicans who are joining him in the comments. Read some of their thoughts below: