President Donald Trump’s Republican allies have virtually no chance of changing the outcome just to delay the inevitable confirmation of Biden as electoral college winner and next president for a few hours.
There were no credible allegations of voting issues affecting the election, as confirmed by dozens of judges, governors, electoral officials, the electoral college, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Supreme Court. But Trump is determined to claim he hasn’t lost – which he clearly has – and many GOP politicians either share his deception or fear provoking his anger – even if it means voting for democracy.
Trump has urged Congress to try to overturn the election result as his campaign attempts to overthrow the election by the courts have repeatedly been rejected.
“The president and his allies are playing with fire,” he wrote. “You have asked – first the courts, then state legislatures, now Congress – to dismiss the results of a presidential election. You have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officials to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you Make big claims, you better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t, and neither does the institutional arsonists of Congress who will object to the electoral college vote. “
Among the more than a dozen Republican House members who have already publicly stated that they will vote against the vote counting next week include Mo Brooks from Alabama leading the effort, Jody Hice of Georgia, Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey and Joe Wilson from South Carolina.
That group includes eight Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers who announced their intentions in a joint statement early Thursday.
Several new members of the Republican House have also announced they will object to the certification process, including Representative-Elect Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee.
This story has been updated with additional information.