Senate Republican leaders are trying to kill plans to contest certifying the Electoral College results for Democrat candidate Joe Biden.
According to a report published by The Hill on Friday, Dec. 25, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will reach out to Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) “in an attempt to avoid a messy floor fight next month over finalizing the results of the Electoral College vote.”
Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) told the Hill that GOP leaders would tell Tuberville that challenging the Electoral College vote when Congress convenes in a joint session next month is pointless and politically damaging.
“Ultimately, every senator will have to make their own decision about that, but I think there will be people, yeah, reaching out [to] him just to kind of find out” what he’s going to do, Thune said.
“If nothing else, we need to kind of know the plan,” he added. “We’ll see. He’s made some public statements” about objecting to the Electoral College vote.
“I’m hoping in the end that all senators will conclude that this election needs to be over with and it’s time to move on,” he said.
Recently, Tuberville hinted that he would reject the Electoral College vote count in several disputed states—the move has recently gained momentum in Congress.
“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,” Tuberville said. “I’m gonna tell you: Don’t give up on [President Trump]. Don’t give up on him.”
McConnell earlier this month called Democrat candidate Joe Biden president-elect amid ongoing legal challenges against election fraud in crucial swing states. He has warned his Senate Republicans that contesting the counting of electoral votes on Jan. 6 would be a political mistake.
President Trump called out McConnell’s decision, telling the GOP leader that it was “too soon to give up.”
“I save at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election,” the president tweeted on Christmas Eve. “Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!”
Over a dozen Republican House members have backed the effort to challenge Electoral College votes in certain states. Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.), who met with President Trump and other representatives at the White House meeting last week, said that there will be “a lot of people on board, and we definitely have senators.”
According to a poll released on Thursday, a majority—57% of Republicans—said President Trump should continue to fight election fraud and overturn the election results.