Republican Josh Hawley (MO) became the first senator to announce he would back a plan by House GOP members to and object to election vote counts on January 6th.
January 6th is the day that a joint session of Congress will be called and lawmakers officially certify the Electoral College votes.
In a statement posted online, Hawley said he believed states like Pennsylvania failed to follow their own election laws, while social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, “interfere[d]” in the election.
“At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections,” he said.
In a sane world, this would be a reasonable request.
“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,” explained Hawley.
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
Senator Josh Hawley Will Challenge the Election Vote Counts
In 2016 House Democrats objected to the vote counts in a number of states, but it requires a senator’s objection to trigger a debate and a vote on the complaint’s merits.
The last time something like this took place was in 2005 when one Senate Democrat – Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) – and one House Democrat – Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones – objected to the counts in George W. Bush’s narrow defeat of John Kerry.
Several House Democrats objected to the certification of President Trump’s Electoral College victory in 2016, citing voter suppression.
No Senate Democrats joined them in the effort.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) continued to object after the process had concluded and had to have her microphone turned off.
Jackson Lee said she “would have rather the rules [been] broken in this instance” so that her objections could continue to be heard.
Remember that when Democrats feign outrage over Republicans like Josh Hawley objecting to election vote counts.
Hawley joins House members in what will amount to a symbolic stand. It will delay the certification of the presidential results rather than alter the outcome.https://t.co/A3LUWX9l3J https://t.co/XOVtazNkzN
— Kendall Karson (@kendallkarson) December 30, 2020
Josh Hawley becomes the first, and thus far only, Republican Senator to join opposition to the election results from a group of Trump loyalists in the House.
President Trump last week hosted a group of House Republicans who have promised to challenge the election results in Congress.
Politico revealed that the group “strategized over a last-ditch effort to overturn the election results next month, according to several members who attended the meeting.”
The group consisted of roughly a dozen lawmakers regarded as ‘Trump loyalists.’
Fox News reports that “with the Democrats controlling the House and most Senate Republicans not expected to back the push to contest the results, it’s extremely unlikely there would be enough votes to reject any state’s certification.”