A group of Republican lawmakers continued their plans to resist Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory, despite fierce criticism from both sides of politics that they were undermining democracy.
The rebellion, which is hailed by US President Donald Trump, includes at least 12 Senators and up to 140 House members, who are expected to vote against approval of Mr Biden’s electoral college victory on Wednesdays during a normally ordinary joint session of Congress.
The effort, which is led by Ted Cruz, the Republican Senator from Texas, is unlikely to reverse the US presidential result, given that it is based on allegations of widespread electoral fraud that have been flatly rejected by officials. state and a myriad of state and federal governments. law courts.
However, it could delay Congress recognition of Mr. Biden’s victory ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration. It could also further erode the legitimacy of the new president among Tory voters, given that Mr. Trump has not conceded defeat.
The opposition of a substantial number of Republican lawmakers to accepting Mr. Biden’s transfer to the White House came at the start of a pivotal week in US politics.
Members of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives were preparing to re-elect Nancy Pelosi as president on Sunday for a new two-year term. Meanwhile, voters Georgia ready to vote Tuesday in two Senate ballots that will determine control of the upper house of Congress and Mr Biden’s ability to pass his agenda.
Speaking Sunday morning, Republican opponents of Mr. Biden’s victory insisted on the creation of an independent commission that could report on allegations of electoral fraud within 10 days. Speaking on Fox News, Mr Cruz said the United States entered the election “deeply divided [and] deeply polarized “and” unprecedented “allegations of electoral fraud had produced” mistrust “in the outcome.
“I think we in Congress have an obligation to do something about this,” he said.
Ron Johnson, the Republican Senator from Wisconsin, added on NBC: “We are not acting to thwart the democratic process. We are acting to protect it. The point is, we have an unbearable situation in this country where we have tens of millions of people who do not see this election result as legitimate.
Their revolt was fiercely attacked by Democrats, Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota, calling it “nothing more than an attempt to overthrow the will of voters” in a tweet Sunday. But he is also not backed by Republican leadership in the Senate, and some party members have criticized him in scathing terms.
“The blatant voter rejection ploy may bolster the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic,” Mitt Romney, Republican Senator from Utah, warned in a tweet on Saturday.
Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, added Sunday that his colleagues had “a high bar to cross” in opposing Mr. Biden’s certification.
“Offering a commission on this late date – which has no chance of becoming a reality – is not effectively fighting for President Trump. It seems to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy, ”Graham said in a tweet.
But Mr Trump retweeted on Sunday a call for Kelly loeffler and David Perdue, the two Republican senators from Georgia facing a tough second round on Tuesday, to join Cruz’s efforts, signaling that the president remains very supportive of the effort.
Ms Loeffler told Fox News on Sunday that she was “seriously considering” joining the group. “We have to make sure Georgia and all Americans have confidence in our voting process,” she said.