Ted Cruz is trying to steal Josh Hawley’s thunder.
He’s a Cuban Thunder-Thief.
Nearly a quarter of Senate Republicans are officially preparing to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win on Jan. 6, a stunning development that demonstrates just how far some in the GOP will go to align themselves with President Donald Trump’s flailing claims that the election was stolen from him.
Eleven more Republican senators announced Saturday they will challenge Biden’s election victory next week when Congress gathers to certify the Electoral College vote. The movement is led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who circulated the idea among Senate Republicans of voting against certification of the election unless there’s an election audit.
“We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified,'” the senators said. “Unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.”
The 11 senators’ efforts are separate from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who was the first senator to announce he would join with House Republicans to object to the certification of the election results. Hawley responded to the new objectors on Saturday, saying he hopes “many more will listen to their constituents and act.”
The building support for efforts to vote against Biden’s win in Congress has created a major rift in the GOP. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was among the Republicans who punched back Saturday at the movement within his party, which in part centers around attacks on how the election was conducted in his own state. Toomey said the effort by Hawley and Cruz “directly undermines” the ability of people to elect their own leaders.
Late Saturday night, Hawley responded to what he called “shameless personal attacks” and said the debate over the election should occur on the Senate floor not in conference calls or press releases.
Yeah, these people were talking shit on a conference call.
Da Nang Mitch started yelling at him and he wasn’t even on the call. Big drama time.
“We should avoid putting words into each other’s mouths and making unfounded claims about the intentions of our fellow senators. I never claim to speak for another senator, but I do speak for my constituents when they raise legitimate concerns about issues as important as the fairness of our elections,” Hawley said in a Saturday evening message sent to the Senate GOP conference.
The effort to vote against Biden’s electoral win is opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), though the GOP leadership is not whipping against the effort to prevent the certification of Biden as president. In the House, as many as 140 Republicans have indicated they may vote against certifying Biden’s Electoral College win.
Biden’s win will be certified by majorities in the Democratic House and Republican Senate, however, as enough GOP senators have already said they will oppose efforts to object to the election results. The question, though, is how many might eventually sign on: Many Republican senators have not indicated yet how they will vote.
And Toomey, who is retiring, said that “allegations of fraud by a losing campaign cannot justify overturning an election.” He said Trump’s loss in his state stemmed from Trump’s narrower margins in rural Pennsylvania and Trump’s decline in suburban support.
Toomey is a total whackjob.
He’s openly out there saying “it doesn’t matter if there’s fraud, we just have to accept it.”
The question: But why tho?
Hawley, in his response to Toomey, said the state’s mail ballots had not been litigated sufficiently. The two have also been at odds over $2,000 stimulus checks, which Hawley supports and Toomey opposes.
“No one has mounted a substantive defense of the state law under which the November election was conducted. And contrary to Senator Toomey’s claims, no court has ruled on the merits of this question. These are very serious irregularities, on a very large scale, in a presidential election,” Hawley said in the message to the 52-member conference.
In a statement on Saturday afternoon, the 11 current and incoming GOP senators led by Cruz said they intended to reject the electors from states where they claimed “unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law” arose until a 10-day audit of the election results in each state has been completed.
This might just appear to make no difference at all.
But a difference it does make.
We are going to have to go forward here, with something. We need it as clear as it possibly can be that this entire sham is a hoax. This right here makes it all the clearer, forcing these scumbags in the Senate to show that they really are just simply traitors.
Again: I’ve written about Hawley, I’ve said that he’s going to have to prove himself to me.
But I’m happy with what he’s doing here. This is good stuff.
And maybe at the January 6 rally that Trump is going to hold whilst these Senators are debating, Donald Trump will declare martial law.
You can picture it: “Right now, across the city of Washington and across the country arrests are being made…”
It probably won’t happen like that.
But hey – it might?