President Donald Trump urged Republican senators to object to electoral votes in the special session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, in the wake of widespread allegations of voter fraud in several states.
In next month’s joint session, Congress will count the electoral votes sent by individual states.
Lawmakers will have the ability to raise objections to certain electoral votes, alleging situations of electoral fraud or other irregularities in the states concerned.
To raise an objection, one must have the endorsement of a representative and a senator.
At least four House members have already advanced that they will file objections: Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and Bob Good (R-Va.).
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may join the initiative. So the raising of an objection by Republicans loyal to President Trump looks like it will become a reality.
Another who hinted this week that he might support the representatives’ objection is Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.).
“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,” Tuberville said.
“There’s no doubt I’m a huge Donald Trump guy, as most people in the state of Alabama are,” he told local media.
Sharing an article about the Tuberville statement, President Trump wrote on Twitter, “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!,” he added on Thursday.
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
The day before, President Trump had criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who began on Tuesday calling Democratic candidate Joe Biden “president-elect.”
“Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!” the president said on Twitter.
Trump's allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden https://t.co/ak9nu6420L via @MailOnline. Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2020
Tuberville campaign chairman Stan McDonald said on a radio show this week that Tuberville and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are “the two best candidates” to challenge the Senate results. Tuberville is “seriously considering it,” he said.
If a representative and a senator file an objection on Jan. 6, the joint session must recess and both chambers will debate for up to two hours whether to accept the objection.
For the petition to succeed, it must be supported by a majority vote in each chamber.
Republicans have a 50-48 majority in the next Congress’s Senate. Also pending is what will happen the day before the joint session, when Georgia’s runoff election is held, in which Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will seek to renew their seats.
As of now, the House will be controlled by the Democrats in the next Congress.
In the event that the objections are successful and no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, the House will choose the next president.
But one very important fact must be kept in mind: the 435 members of the House will not each have one vote. Instead, delegations will be formed from each of the 50 states, and each of these will have only one vote. In other words, there will be 50 votes—one for each state—that will determine who will be the president.
So, while the Democrats have a majority in the House, the Republicans control more state delegations (between 27 and 30 out of 50).
The House has until noon on Jan. 20, 2021, to elect the 46th President of the United States.