Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has suggested he will challenge the Electoral College vote count when a joint session of Congress convenes on Jan. 6, 2021.
During a rally in Georgia to campaign for Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), Tuberville accused the Democrats of trying to steal the election and urged Georgia voters to continue to back President Donald Trump.
“Folks, we got to grab a hold and hold on. We have no choice. Listen to me now. We have no choice but to win this election,” Tuberville said in a video tweeted by liberal activist Lauren Windsor on Thursday, Dec. 17.
“They’re going to try to steal it,” Tuberville warned of the Democrats. “They’re gonna try to buy it. They’re going to do everything they can—lie, cheat and steal—to win this election like they did in the presidential election.”
“It’s impossible. It’s impossible. What happened. But we’re going to get that all corrected,” the senator-elect said.
“I’m gonna tell you: Don’t give up on [President Trump], Don’t give up on him,” he continued.
When asked what he can do on Jan. 6 when both chambers of Congress meet, Tuberville responded, “Just wait. You see what’s coming. You’ve been reading about it in the House. We’re going to have to do it in the Senate.”
BREAKING: Defying McConnell, Sen-elect Tuberville suggests he will challenge Electoral College, while stumping in Georgia pic.twitter.com/1z5wJ2ajVP
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) December 17, 2020
Tuberville is echoing a push by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) who has also vowed to reject the results of the Electoral College, which elected Democrat Joe Biden over President Donald Trump by a 306-232 vote margin on Monday.
In a recent interview with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, Brooks noted that it is within Congress’s lawful authority to “accept or reject Electoral College submissions from states that have such flawed election systems that they’re not worthy of our trust.”
In his response, President Trump praised Tuberville as “a great champion and man of courage” and urged other Republican senators to “follow his lead.”
That’s because he is a great champion and man of courage. More Republican Senators should follow his lead. We had a landslide victory, and then it was swindled away from the Republican Party – but we caught them. Do something! https://t.co/nZU0czsZgB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020
Any objections in the Congress joint session would require support from one House member and one senator to be considered, according to USA Today. The two chambers would meet separately to vote on any disputes.