The day before Georgia’s runoff Senate election, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) promised Georgians that she would join the House and Senate Republicans in objecting to the electors from battleground states where alleged election fraud, malfeasance, and unconstitutional election conduct took place.
Loeffler is appealing to Republicans and Trump supporters in Georgia to vote for her and her colleague, David Perdue, to turnout and vote for them to keep the Republican majority in the Senate.
Loeffler explained that she believed that the objections are provided for in the Constitution, and objecting will provide Americans with a chance to hear the real issues supporting the charges of election fraud in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada.
“The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution, to have election issues presented so that they can be addressed,” Loeffler said on Monday. “That’s why, on January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process.”
Loeffler’s effort is similar but separate from the effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). She said that she had introduced legislation to create a commission to look into election fraud, explaining that it is designed “to establish a commission to investigate election irregularities and recommend election integrity measures.” Her effort is also separate from Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) promise to join House Republicans in objecting to the electors from battleground states.
In a three-pronged attack on Jan. 6th, Loeffler joins fellow Senate Republicans Josh Hawley (MO), Ted Cruz (TX), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Ron Johnson (WI), James Lankford (OK), Steve Daines (MO), John Kennedy (LA), Mike Braun (IN), and incoming Senators Cynthia Lummis (WY), Roger Marshall (KS), Bill Hagerty (TN), and Tommy Tuberville (AL).
Republicans, President Trump, and Trump supporters have fought to have the evidence of election fraud brought to state courts and the Supreme Court, but the courts have declined to hear the cases.
The Republican senators see the January 6th joint session of Congress as the appropriate place to address the problems of the 2020 election.
“Whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear. It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations. … Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified,'” they wrote in a joint statement on Saturday, demanding the completion of an “emergency 10-day audit.”
It’s not unprecedented
Objecting to electors during the Congressional certification of presidential electors is hardly unprecedented. Democrats regularly object whenever a Republican wins the White House. They did it in 2001, 2005, and 2017. When they do it, the media praises them as courageous, public servants, etc. When Republicans do it, it is billed as “undermining American democracy” by Democrats and their media allies.
It is improbable that the House will vote to reject any of Biden’s electors from the battleground states, but if they did, and neither candidate received 270 votes, the 12th amendment dictates that the election would be thrown into the House. According to Ballotpedia:
If both chambers of Congress affirm the objection and the objection results in no one candidate receiving the necessary 270-vote Electoral College majority, the 12th Amendment dictates a congressional process for selecting a president and vice president. The House of Representatives votes to elect the new president. As a bloc, members of the House cast one vote per state, choosing between the three candidates who received the most Electoral College votes. The Senate votes to elect the Vice President, casting one vote per senator.
President Trump spent time in Georgia, campaigning for Loeffler and David Perdue, convincing his supporters to keep the Senate red. It is time for Senate Republicans to work hard for President Trump and all the people that voted for him.