Comments Off on GOP Senator Hawley to delay affirming Biden’s victory by forcing votes on electoral college results
A Republican senator from Missouri Josh Hawley said Wednesday, December 30, he will object when Congress counts the electoral College votes on the 6th of January which will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept the results of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Hawley is the first senator to announce plans to object to the results.
It is significant because both a House member and senator are required to mount an objection when Congress counts the Electoral College votes on January 6.
Hawley’s move will not change the outcome of the election, but only delay the inevitable affirmation of Biden’s victory on November 3 over President Donald Trump.
Democrats will reject any objections in the House, but Republicans who control the Senate could increase the post electoral drama spurred on by Trump’s baseless claims that the election was rigged which led to his loss.
Other senators may join in Hawley’s objection, but such a move will also put many of his Senate Republican colleagues in a difficult political position, forcing them to vote on whether to side with Trump or with the popular will of the American voters.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who recently publicly acknowledge Biden’s win has privately urged Senate Republicans not to join the group of House members who are planning to object.
President Trump, who not only lost so many post-electoral challenges in court, has been pushing for Congress to try to overturn the election result and declare him President-elect.
Hawley in his planned objection did not however raise allegations of widespread fraud. He claimed that some states, such as Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own laws, though the issues surrounding Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting rules were litigated before the election.
Hawley also complained about the way that social media companies like Facebook and Twitter handled content surrounding the election.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said. “At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
Hawley also cited previous Democratic objections during the counting of Electoral College votes, saying just as Democrats were “entitled to do so,” that “now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”
However, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has described Hawley’s plans as an exercise in futility.
According to him, the Trump campaign and its allies have lost dozens of lawsuits already in court, and this last minute stunt to overturn the will of the people is laughable. He stated that Congress will ratify the Electoral College’s results and that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on January 20.
“The effort by the sitting President of the United States to overturn the results is patently undemocratic,” the New York Democrat said. “The effort by others to amplify and burnish his ludicrous claims of fraud is equally revolting.”
“This is America. We have elections. We have results. We make arguments based on fact and reason—not conspiracy and fantasy,” he added.