As a handful of Republican lawmakers prepare to voice objections Wednesday when Congress meets to formally count the Electoral College votes, one well-known former GOP leader is speaking out — and not in support.
Ex-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shocked Republicans Sunday when he declared that any efforts to flip the results of the 2020 presidential election are both “anti-democratic and anti-conservative,” according to The Hill.
Ryan’s commentary on the matter marks the second time he has insisted that the White House race on Nov. 3 was legitimate and is settled in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The foundation of our republic”
The former speaker, who was never really an ally to the president and mostly fell out of the headlines after Donald Trump took office in 2016, pulled zero punches in his analysis of the lawmakers’ planned objections, which he implied would set a dangerous precedent for the future.
“Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republic,” Ryan said in a statement, as The Hill reported.
“It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans,” he added.
“The legal process was exhausted”
The former speaker went on to argue that Trump and his lawyers had well enough time leading up to Wednesday’s certification of the votes by Congress to present valid evidence to the courts to prove that election fraud took place and cost the president a second term in the White House.
“The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence,” Ryan remarked, according to The Hill. “The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed.”
He also called Biden’s victory “entirely legitimate,” adding that the president’s own Department of Justice even announced that in the days and weeks after the election, no cases of voter and ballot fraud were found to be serious enough to warrant a change in the results.
Looking to Jan. 6
According to Fox News, those planning to challenge the Electoral College’s 306–232 decision for Biden this Wednesday include GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (R). Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) was the first sitting senator to join the cause.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) repeatedly warned over the last several weeks that members of his chamber should refrain from contesting the results, as reports noted, but it seems his pleas fell on deaf ears.
Experts believe that the objections will serve as little more than a publicity stunt — but combined with a massive protest in D.C. that is expected to draw tens of thousands of Trump supporters, it’s certain that all eyes will be on Washington come Jan. 6, 2021.