In a great show of unity, Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate have joined President Donald Trump in the fight for the election’s integrity, while some others turned their backs on him.
Twenty-nine Republican officials are ready to acknowledge Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s “victory” in the 2020 election and called for President Trump to concede, despite massive evidence of voting irregularities and electoral fraud.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called the Texas lawsuit, which challenges the unconstitutional election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, “very unusual” and a “long shot.”
“I read just a summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory,” Cornyn said. “Number 1, why would a state—even such a great state as Texas—have a say-so on how other states administer their elections?”
Texas argued these four states violated the U.S. Constitution because they changed voting rules and election processes.
However, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the lone Republican senator who voted to impeach President Trump earlier this year, described the lawsuit as “simply madness” and “dangerous and destructive of the cause of democracy.”
“The idea of supplanting the vote of the people with partisan legislators is so completely out of our national character that it’s simply madness,” he said.
Last Saturday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) congratulated Biden and Harris after the federal court dismissed the Trump campaign’s lawsuit.
“With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey wrote in a statement.
“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory. They are both dedicated public servants, and I will be praying for them and our country,” he added.
Here’s the list of 29 Republicans who call for President Trump to concede.
Of the 249 Republicans in the US House and Senate, ONLY 29 calling for Trump to concede.
— LORI HENDRY (@Lrihendry) December 9, 2020
On Tuesday, Rep. Alex Monney (R-W.Va.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, introduced a resolution to formally condemn any lawmakers who call on President Trump to concede amid the ongoing legal battle.
“I call on my fellow colleagues in the House GOP Conference to join me in sending a strong, united message of support for President @realDonaldTrump,” Mooney tweeted Tuesday morning. “No Republican member should prematurely call on President Trump to concede before these investigations are complete.”
Meanwhile, as of Thursday, 106 Republicans, more than half of the GOP caucus in the chamber, signed an amicus brief backing the Texas lawsuit against Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
“This brief presents [our] concern as Members of Congress, shared by untold millions of their constituents, that the unconstitutional irregularities involved in the 2020 presidential election cast doubt upon its outcome and the integrity of the American system of elections,” states the brief signed by 106 GOP lawmakers.
Rep. Mike Johnson (La.) spearheaded the efforts to file the brief in support of President Trump.
“President Trump called me this morning to let me know how much he appreciates the amicus brief we are filing on behalf of Members of Congress. Indeed, ‘this is the big one!'” Johnson wrote in a tweet.
🚨Full list of 106 House Republicans who have now joined the Texas lawsuit!
— Caleb Thompson (@gopcaleb) December 10, 2020
Additionally, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appears to be the first Republican senator who publicly voiced support for President Trump. The senator has agreed to lead the verbal arguments if the Texas lawsuit goes to the Supreme Court.