Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Saturday, Dec. 18, announced that he will be objecting to Electoral College votes from states “that didn’t run clean elections” on Jan. 6.
Gaetz revealed that Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) will also be joining the Electoral College challenge, according to the National File.
“He still talks like a coach, and I had a chance to speak with coach Tuberville just moments ago, and he says we are done running plays from the establishment’s losing playbook—it is time to stand and fight,” Gaetz said at Turning Point USA’s annual Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Well the odds may be tough, it may be fourth and long,” he added. “But we’re going for it on January 6th.”
Tuberville has yet to confirm Gaetz’s announcement. He has suggested during a rally in Georgia campaigning for Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) that he will challenge the Electoral College votes.
“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, adding that he won’t give up on President Donald Trump.
Several House Republican members have said they would object to the Electoral College votes count for some states, with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) leading the effort.
Any objections on Jan. 6, if supported by at least one senator and one representative, would trigger a series of debates and votes. The two chambers would meet separately to vote on any disputes.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Dec. 16 declined to commit to objecting the Electoral College votes but said he would continue to monitor developments regarding claims of voter fraud in the November election.
“We’ll see,” said Scott. “I think all of us are in the same position. What we’re doing is we’re trying to get as much information as possible. We’re going to continue to watch what’s going on. We’re going to continue to listen about the fraud.
“We know there was a lot of fraud. If you remember in the beginning, the Democrats would say there was no fraud. Now they’re saying well, there’s not enough fraud,” he said.
Following the first congressional hearing on voting irregularities in the Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said voter fraud happened and that the election was “in many ways stolen.” He has yet to say whether he will be objecting to the Electoral College.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has congratulated Democratic candidate Joe Biden as president-elect.
During his speech, Gaetz called out Republican leadership for not stepping up for President Trump.
“They scurry around Capitol Hill just doing favors for lobbyists and special interests. Often times, they only look busy, because they accept busy work from our milquetoast, so-called leadership. We should not be renaming post offices while America is burning and in need of bold action and leadership,” Gaetz said.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m not going back to yesterday’s Republican Party,” Gaetz concluded. “I’m not going back to losing politely with Mitt Romney. I’m not going back to the Bushes, or the Cheneys. This is Donald Trump’s party, and I am a Donald Trump Republican. If you want to get the job done, if you want to drain the swamp, hire a Florida man.”