At least a dozen Republican Senators and Senators-elect have indicated that they plan to object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win when Congress meets to confirm the electoral college outcome on January 6. Eleven of these top Republicans have demanded an audit of the electoral college results, claiming that this step “would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President,” failing to mention the basic fact that courts across the country have already dealt with and rejected systematic election fraud claims. Three GOP Senators — Mitt Romney (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Pat Toomey (Pa.) — have bluntly condemned the Republican electoral college plot.
Discussing the issue, Romney commented, in part, as follows:
‘The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it. More Americans participated in this election than ever before, and they made their choice. President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed. The Justice Department found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election… Members of Congress who would substitute their own partisan judgement for that of the courts do not enhance public trust, they imperil it.’
The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. https://t.co/jKEvoXskbl
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) January 3, 2021
Indeed — the idea that the Republican plot against the electoral college outcome is some kind of altruistic gesture on behalf of the American people is ridiculous. Many Republican voters believe that widespread election fraud plagued the presidential race no doubt because of claims to that effect from Trump and his allies in Congress, and pretending otherwise is grossly deceptive. Besides the courts that have already dealt with this issue, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have also already tamped down on the idea of widespread fraud, as Romney mentions — but Republicans have pushed ahead.
Toomey — whose home state of Pennsylvania, which Biden flipped in the recent presidential election, has been a top target of Trump and his backers — added, in part, as follows on Twitter:
‘A fundamental, defining feature of a democratic republic is the right of the people to elect their own leaders. The effort by Sens. Hawley, Cruz, and others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states like Pennsylvania directly undermines this right. The senators justify their intent by observing that there have been many allegations of fraud. But allegations of fraud by a losing campaign cannot justify overturning an election… I voted for President Trump and endorsed him for re-election. But, on Wednesday, I intend to vigorously defend our form of government by opposing this effort to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others.’
In order to throw out any electoral votes during the Congressional review process, significant portions of both chambers would have to agree to the move, and — since Democrats control the House — this will not take place.
Meanwhile, Murkowski added as follows:
‘I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and that is what I will do January 6 — just as I strive to do every day as I serve the people of Alaska. I will vote to affirm the 2020 presidential election. The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results. I urge my colleagues from both parties to recognize this and to join me in maintaining confidence in the Electoral College and our elections so that we ensure we have the continued trust of the American people.’
My statement regarding the upcoming meeting of Congress to formally count the votes of the Electoral College and certify the 2020 presidential election: pic.twitter.com/Bk8jd21Emr
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) January 2, 2021