Amid President Donald Trump’s continued disputes related to last month’s election, several prominent Republicans are prepared to challenge the upcoming ratification of an Electoral College vote declaring Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner.
For House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, the planned partisan ploy will be effectively meaningless. According to Breitbart, Pelosi put an end to speculation that she’s worried when she said Wednesday that she has “no doubt” Biden will be confirmed as the president-elect when Congress convenes on Jan. 6.
“Praised by Democratic leadership”
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently announced his intention to join a number of House Republicans in lodging an objection to the electoral vote tally. In a statement on Wednesday, he noted that top Democrats are denouncing the move despite the fact that several members of the party formally objected to the results of the 2004 and 2016 elections, both of which were won by the Republican nominee.
Hawley explained that those prior challenges ostensibly came “in order to raise concerns about election integrity” — the same reason some Republicans say they are opposing the most recent election results.
Referring to the previous Democratic objections, the GOP senator said: “They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”
Hawley’s statement went on to cite several specific issues he believes must be addressed in order to restore faith in the nation’s election system.
“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,” he wrote. “And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.”
“Dozens” of House Republicans plan objection
The senator went on to affirm his belief that “Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections,” noting that lawmakers have thus far “failed” to do so.
“For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues.”
During a press conference on the same day that Hawley released his statement, Pelosi addressed what she determined to be a fruitless endeavor.
“I have no doubt that on next Wednesday, a week from today, that Joe Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the Electoral College as the 46th President of the United States,” she said, as Breitbart reported.
While she might be correct in her forecast, GOP opposition to the election results is significant, with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) estimating that “dozens” of House Republicans plan to join in on the formal objection next week, according to National Review. Only time will tell.