October 4, 2022

Republican lawmakers prepare to contest the 2020 election January 6th

As evidence of fraudulent election activity mounts and time runs out, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is promising that he will contest the election on January 6th in a joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes and announce the winner of the 2020 election.

Gaetz made the announcement while speaking at the annual Turning Point USA Student Action Summit. “On January 6, I’m joining with the fighters in the Congress and we are going to object to electors from states that didn’t run clean elections.”

Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-AK) is also considering disputing the elections’ validity in the battleground states. Tuberville explained:

I want to do what’s best for President Trump and the people of Alabama and the people of this country. They asked me, ‘Are you going to support President Trump?’ And, of course, I’m always going to support President Trump. He’s the best president of my lifetime and has done more for the people of this country and the state of Alabama than anybody. But we want to make sure we do the right thing.

One representative from the House and one senator challenging the election are all that is needed to throw Congress into a debate about the election. Seven states have slated “dueling electors” because of pending litigation addressing irregularities and fraud in their states’ election process.

“Dueling electors” is not unprecedented. In the 1960 election, Hawaii slated dueling electors in the contest between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. In an interview with NTD, Professor of Law John Eastman, Chapman University School of Law, explained the scenario:

We have historical precedent here, and in each of these states, there is pending litigation challenging the results of the election. If that litigation proved successful, then the Trump electors, having met and voted, would be able to have those votes certified and be the ones properly counted in the joint session of Congress on January 6.

Disputing the election is also not unprecedented. It happened as recently as 2000 and 2016. In 2016, Democrat members of the House brought 11 objections to the joint session of Congress to protest the election results. Then-Vice President Joe Biden presided, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R), over the 41-minute session, but no Senator would support a single objection. Biden declared the session over with 304 votes for the winner, Donald Trump.

While many Republican representatives have affirmed that they will dispute the election on January 6, the Senate Republicans are strangely quiet. A few of them have said they are considering the option, including Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who is fighting for her seat and betting her support for President Trump will give her the win in the January 5th runoff election in Georgia.

Other Senators considering the move are Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Rick Scott (R-FL).

In spite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent concession to Joe Biden, President Trump, working hard to keep the Senate in Republican control, appealed to Senate Republicans to fight.

We had a landslide victory, and then it was swindled away from the Republican Party—but we caught them. Do something! We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let them take it away!


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