President Donald Trump’s Republican allies have almost no chance of altering the outcome, only to delay Biden’s inevitable confirmation that he is the Electoral College winner and the next president by a few hours.
There were no credible allegations of any problems with voting that would affect the elections, as confirmed by scores of judges, governors, election officials, the Electoral College, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Supreme Court. But Trump is determined to claim he hasn’t lost – which he has largely done – and many Republican politicians either share his misguidance or fear provoking his anger – even if that means voting to undermine democracy.
Trump has been pressuring Congress to try to nullify the election result as his campaign’s attempts to cancel the election were repeatedly rejected by the courts.
“The president and his allies are playing with fire,” he wrote. “They have demanded – first the courts, then state legislatures, and now Congress – to nullify the results of the presidential election. They have summoned the judges in vain and are now calling for the federal office holders to nullify millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you better have evidence. But the president. Neither does it nor members of Congress are the institutional saboteurs who will object to the Electoral College vote. “
Of the more than a dozen Republicans in the House of Representatives who have publicly stated that they will vote against the electoral vote count next week, there are MPs. Mo Brooks from Alabama, who is leading the effort, Judy Hayes from Georgia, Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey, and Joe Wilson from South Carolina.
Among that group are eight Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania, who announced their intentions in a joint statement earlier Thursday.
Several new Republican members of the House of Representatives have also said they will object to the ratification process, including women electors Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Madison Cowthorne of North Carolina, Lauren Boibert of Colorado, and Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee.
This story has been updated with additional information.