Some Republicans’ efforts to change the presidential election results in an unprecedented manner have been condemned by former and current officials of the party. Republicans warned that the efforts to cast doubt on Joe Biden’s electoral victory and to keep President Donald Trump in office undermined popular belief in democracy.
Congress will meet in a joint session on January 6th to confirm the election victory with the 306 Electoral Council votes of delegates received by Democrat Joe Biden, winner of the November 3 elections. Prior to the session, Trump had the support of at least ten Republican senators and about 100 representatives to oppose the Electoral College vote.
As Biden’s takeover of January 20 approached, Trump intensified his efforts to thwart the traditional transfer of power. This also divided the Republican Party.
Despite Trump’s allegations of electoral irregularities, state officials insist that the elections were held smoothly and there is no evidence of an irregularity that would alter the election result. The states have affirmed that the election results were fair and valid.
Almost all of the more than 50 lawsuits filed by President Trump and Republicans close to the President to change the election results were either rejected or dropped. Trump lost twice in cases brought before the US Constitutional Court.
Pressure from Trump on Georgia state officials
A phone conversation record, published in the US press on Sunday, revealed that Trump pressured Georgia state officials to “find more votes” for him.
However, some top Congressmen, including prominent figures of the Republican Party, opposed this.
Letter from senators
A group of 10 senators from both political parties, including Republican senators Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Bill Cassidy (Lousiana) and Mitt Romney (Utah), made a written statement Sunday that the 2020 election is over. said.
The senators warned that “efforts to overshadow the election results were contrary to the will of the American people openly expressed, and that such an effort would undermine public confidence in the final election results.”
“The plan to deny Congressional approval of the results of the presidential election is humiliating our system and our values as Americans,” said Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, Republican.
“Biden’s victory is completely legitimate,” Republican Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said in a written statement. “Efforts to cast doubt on the elections are aimed at the foundation of our republic.”
Republican Congressman Liz Cheney, representing the state of Wyoming, warned in a message to other members of Congress that objection to the results of the Selection Committee would “set an extremely dangerous precedent”.
Arkansas Senator Republican Tom Cotton, one of the conservatives who frequently raised his criticisms at the Congress, stated that he would not oppose the counting of the Electoral Council votes approved on January 6, “I am grateful to the President for his achievements in the last four years. For this reason, I campaigned intensively for his re-election. However, objecting to the approved election results will not earn the President a second term, it will only strengthen the Democrats who want our constitutional government system to be eroded ”.
Senator Cotton said that he supports the investigation of any issue related to the elections.