No matter what you think about Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley’s decision to object to certifying the electoral vote in Joe Biden’s favor, it’s entirely legal.
After the 1876 election between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford B. Hayes — in which a debate over electors led to an ad hoc 15-member council that decided the race for Hayes — Congress eventually passed the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which codified how the electoral vote was certified and how objections could be lodged.
“Upon such reading of any such certificate or paper, the President of the Senate shall call for objections, if any. Every objection shall be made in writing, and shall state clearly and concisely, and without argument, the ground thereof, and shall be signed by at least one Senator and one Member of the House of Representatives before the same shall be received,” the law states. Both houses then withdraw to debate the issue and vote on it.
Yes, a senator deciding to join House members in contesting the results of an election is unusual. Yes, the move is quite likely to fail, considering Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rallied Republicans against Hawley’s move in the GOP-controlled upper house, and the Democrats control the House of Representatives, where the issue would likely be a nonstarter.
However, McConnell shouldn’t be working with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to silence Hawley and the House Republicans joining him in the challenge. And that’s what incoming congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is alleging.
In a tweet this week, Greene — one of the representatives who’ll be joining Hawley in objecting — said that “[w]ord on the Hill is that Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi could be working together on a rules change ‘deal’ to block our Electoral College Certification objection.”
“The American people deserve to hear about the voter fraud that took place on Nov 3 … NO DEAL, NO COVER-UP!”
So, before we go any further, let’s just clear this up: As with everyone else who has a passing familiarity with the congresswoman-elect, I’m fully aware Greene isn’t an uncontroversial figure. For those unfamiliar with her, almost every headline announcing Greene’s win in a reliably Republican Georgia district began with the words “QAnon Supporter,” which is so seldom a good sign.
If you’re further unfamiliar with the QAnon conspiracy theory, here’s my elevator pitch: Beginning in 2017, a mysterious individual calling himself Q appeared on a message board claiming he was a high-level government official with top-secret access. He went on to allege, via a series of cryptic posts, that the world was controlled by Satan-worshipping globalists and that President Donald Trump was recruited by the military to run for president because he was an outsider who could dismantle this cabal.
If I got anything wrong there, I’m sorry, but going any deeper into this would hurt my head and (hopefully) yours. One would prefer Greene didn’t believe this, or say, at one point, that “Q is a patriot.”
That said, she’s still an elected politician, which means she’s privy to backroom conversations we’re not — and no matter what her beliefs may be on certain matters, that doesn’t make everything she says untrue. The other reason this tweet can’t be dismissed is this very much seems to be what’s happening, from all appearances.
As Hawley pointed out in a news release, what he’s doing isn’t anything new.
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same,” he said in a Wednesday statement.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
On Pelosi’s end, she merely shrugged it off.
“I have no doubt that on next Wednesday, a week from today, that Joe Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the Electoral College as the 46th President of the United States,” she told reporters Wednesday, according to ABC News.
McConnell has been much more vocal about his objections to Hawley’s move.
According to Axios, McConnell told Republicans on a Thursday conference call that his vote to certify the election would be the “most consequential I have ever cast” and called it “a vote of conscience.”
“McConnell had previously urged senators not to force this vote, which he believed would put Republicans up for re-election in 2022 in a horrible position — forcing them to choose between defying the most popular politician in the party, Donald Trump, and undermining democracy,” Axios reported. “His remarks to his conference are likely to escalate President Trump’s anger with him for daring acknowledge Trump’s defeat.”
Axios also quoted a source who was on the call: “The context was McConnell saying we’re being asked to overturn the results after a guy didn’t get as many electoral votes and lost by 7 million popular votes,” the source said.
Which is exactly not what’s happening.
First, it’s worth noting yet again this is wholly unlikely to succeed in “overturning” the results. However, in an extraordinary election with extraordinary exigencies, once Joe Biden was declared the winner, anyone who had issues with trifles like Pennsylvania not following its own election laws or with record low ballot rejection rates was quickly ushered toward the exit — not just by the media, but by their own party leadership. That should worry every one of us.
The idea that McConnell and Pelosi would work together to stop Hawley and House Republicans from objecting to the electoral vote isn’t that far-fetched given their messaging. Yes, it may be their legal right, but McConnell and Pelosi don’t want a mess in their swamp, and an objection to the electoral vote would qualify.
Conservatives shouldn’t labor under the misapprehension that an objection to Electoral College certification will lead to a second term for Trump. They shouldn’t fear, however, a move that would force an honest debate and examination of a curious and contentious electoral process unlike any other.
A collusive move by both party establishments to quash this would further undermine faith in the electoral system — and those we elect, as well.
Trump to claim he is ‘presumptive 2024 nominee,’ leader of GOP in CPAC speech: report
Former president Donald Trump will claim he is the leader of the Republican party and its “presumptive 2024 nominee” when he makes his first public appearance since leaving office during the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend in Orlando, according to a report.
A longtime Trump adviser told Axios his CPAC speech will be a “show of force,” and said the message will be: “I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I’m still in charge.” The source reportedly added that “payback is his chief obsession.”
Trump’s advisers will reportedly meet with him at Mar-a-Lago this week to plan his next political moves, and to set up the framework for kingmaking in the 2022 midterm elections.
According to Axios, Trump is expected to go after the 10 House Republicans who voted to convict him in his impeachment trial, spurred by the Jan. 6 riot at the U. S. Capitol, and the seven GOP Senators who voted with Democrats to convict.
Trump was acquitted, with 57 senators voting for his conviction — short of the required two-thirds majority — and 43 voting against conviction.
He also reportedly plans to argue in the CPAC speech that many of his predictions about President Biden have already come true.
“Trump effectively is the Republican Party,” Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News. “The only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grassroots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grassroots.”
Trump has found support from state Republican officials who censured some members of Congress who voted against him. Meanwhile, his leadership PAC, Save America, has $75 million on hand to help set up primary challenges to sitting Republicans who went against him, as well as a database of tens of millions of names.
A Suffolk University/ USA Today poll found that 46% of Trump supporters would abandon the Republican Party and join a Trump party should he decide to create one, versus 27% who would stay with the GOP.
Half of the individuals polled said the Republican Party should become “more loyal to Trump,” even if it means losing support from establishment Republicans, versus 19% saying the party should become less loyal to Trump and more aligned with establishment Republicans.
The survey of 1,000 Trump voters, identified from 2020 polls, was taken by landline and cellphone last Monday through Friday. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Donald Trump Just Changed His Washington Plans – In 2022, Instead Of Another Party, Trump Plans On Winning House And Senate
Many have asked what Donald Trump will do, now that he’s returned to private life.
(Most can be assured he’ll hardly stay “private” in his opinions and decisions.)
Some claimed he was floating the idea of starting his own “Patriot Party.” That seems to be what the MSM was saying. They probably hoped it was true, as it would split the GOP and give Democrats big wins.
But, as it turns out, Trump is defying their claims (as usual) and developing a plan to help turn Congress around. From Daily Wire:
President Donald Trump has reportedly dropped an idea to start a third political party, which was briefly floated last week, and is now focused on helping the Republican Party win back the House and the Senate in 2022…
“The President has made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022,” Miller said. “There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that, but it’s completely up to Republican Senators if this is something that becomes more serious.”
Now the liberal media is claiming Trump floated the idea of a third party to get Republican leaders “in line.”
(Oh, guys, nice cover. It seems like the claim of the “Patriot Party” was squashed after Trump’s own adviser set the record straight.)
Instead, Jason Miller is saying Trump will focus his efforts on helping the GOP win back the House and Senate in 2022.
That’s a very real and obtainable goal—and one that should make Democrats very nervous.
Impeachment or not, there is nothing they can do to stop Trump—a private citizen—from endorsing Republican candidates in the upcoming midterms.
Sure, they can kick him off of social media, but that will hardly stop him. Trump and his people will find new ways of reaching that 75,000,000 that backed him in 2020.
We might even see the return of his legendary rallies.
President Trump had an impeccable record of endorsements during his time in office. Most of the candidates he supported won their primaries and general elections.
And the people he opposed? Let’s just say they had to look for new jobs (look out Lisa Murkowski!).
Would you like to see Trump come back to campaign and support Republican candidates in 2022?
While Democrat Impeachment Races Towards Dead-End – Donald Trump Tuned Out, Instead He Stayed Busy Playing Golf
Defying all common sense and actual evidence, Democrats forged ahead with their impeachment trial.
This week, they wrapped up their case against the former president.
Meanwhile, Americans mostly tuned out—deciding to watch anything other than Democrats once again complain about Donald Trump.
And it turns out President Trump himself wasn’t bothering to watch. He was so worried about this impeachment, he golfed instead.
Former President Trump was seen playing golf Thursday during the third day of his second impeachment trial.
Trump was spotted by CNN photojournalists just before 3:30 p.m. ET at Trump National Golf Corse in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He left the golf course at 4:20 p.m ET in a black SUV.
Most legal experts agree that Democrats don’t have a case against Donald Trump. The only reason we have to talk about a second impeachment is because Democrats have a majority in the House.
Republicans in the Senate made it very clear they are not interested in convicting Trump of the left’s bogus charge of “incitement.”
Most of them voted to not even hold an impeachment hearing, believing it is unconstitutional to do so after a president has left office.
Donald Trump doesn’t seem all that worried about this final circus. He was seen golfing at his own golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida during the proceedings.
The left has tried to twist and turn all the details about this case to make it look like Trump is guilty of something. But all they are left doing is trying to condemn a man over his freedom of speech.
Many lawmakers have said you can’t even prove someone committed “incitement.” Sen. Graham said that if Democrats could impeach Trump over a speech, every Democrat would face a similar fate.
On top of that, it appears most Americans aren’t even watching.
But what they are watching is our leaders in D.C. waste time on a doomed impeachment, while they continue to suffer all over the country.
Democrats fiddle away with their attacks against Trump, while states are still locked down, Americans are out of jobs, and many are sick with the China virus.
When are they going to get to all that?
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