Kevin McCarthy supports challenge to Electoral College: ‘I think it’s right that we have the debate’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has come out in favor of Republican lawmakers who plan to object to the results of the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6, The Hill reported Sunday.

“I think it’s right that we have the debate,” McCarthy told The Hill.

He continued: “I mean, you see now that senators are going to object, the House is going to object — how else do we have a way to change the election problems?”

140 House Republicans

In December, the Electoral College named Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Congress is scheduled to meet on Jan. 6 to certify this Electoral College outcome.

Over the past month, a growing number of Republican lawmakers have announced that they will be objecting to the Electoral College result given the voter fraud that has been alleged to have occurred in a number of key states.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is leading a group of over 140 Republicans who will object in the House.

Republicans in the Senate who plan to object include Josh Hawley (MO), Ted Cruz (TX), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Steve Daines (MT), John Kennedy (LA), Mike Braun (IN), as well as a handful of incoming senators.

Looking forward

The lawmakers’ objections will lead to a debate in the House and in the Senate about the Electoral College votes, including over whether there was fraud in the presidential election.

After the debate, a vote will be held, again in both chambers, on whether or not to accept each states’ electors. Here, many of those who plan to object have also stated that they also plan to reject the electors of contested states.

If Republicans earn enough support, the Electoral College votes could be thrown out and a process could be started that would lead to President Donald Trump being named to a second term. The chances of this happening, however, are almost none; Republicans simply do not have the votes.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has become one of the first pro-Trump senators to announce that he does not support challenging of the certification of the Electoral College, claiming it will set a bad precedent, as Breitbart reported.

“I will not oppose the counting of certified electoral votes on January 6,” Cotton said, adding that “objecting to certified electoral votes won’t give [President Trump] a second term — it will only embolden those Democrats who want to erode further our system of constitutional government.”

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