Washington – With mounting desperation, President Donald Trump on Monday called on Republican lawmakers to reverse their electoral defeat to Joe Biden when Congress meets for a joint session this week in which they are scheduled to confirm the Electoral College vote. .
Trump’s unprecedented attempt to overturn the presidential election is dividing the Republican Party. Some Republican lawmakers backing Trump have announced that they will try, even though various officials and former Republican officials have warned that the plan undermines Americans’ faith in democracy. The 10 former defense secretaries who are still alive wrote in an opinion piece that “the time to question the results is over.”
It’s unclear to what extent Republican leaders in Congress will be able to control Wednesday’s joint session, which could last into the evening. Trump himself has encouraged people to gather at a rally near the White House on Wednesday.RELATED
Trump’s allies back his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. But according to state election officials, and his former Attorney General William Barr, there is no evidence of fraud that could change the outcome of the election. Officials who controlled the elections in their states, including Arizona and Georgia – states that Biden won – have certified that those results are accurate and valid.
Of the more than 50 lawsuits the president and his allies have filed to challenge the results, nearly all have been dismissed or withdrawn. He also lost twice in the federal Supreme Court.
The attempt to keep Trump in office is led by Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, along with some members of the House of Representatives, some of them on the sidelines of their party.
“I just hung up with @realDonaldTrump,” newly elected representative Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted.
“He wants you to call your representatives and senators today, all day,” he added. “Don’t let the Republicans be the bench of surrender.”
Republican leaders are scheduled to meet privately to assess the days ahead, a watershed period that will help shape the post-Trump era.
Both Hawley and Cruz are potential contenders for the presidency in 2024, trying to attract Trump supporters. Vice President Mike Pence, who is under pressure to tilt the results toward Trump, will be followed closely when he presides over the joint session on Wednesday. He “welcomes” the objection to the election results, said his top aide.
On Monday, more and former Republican officials criticized the attempt to change the election result.
Former Missouri Senator John Danforth emphatically criticized the attempt by Hawley and the others, a particularly notable statement since Danforth has long supported Hawley.
“To give credence to Trump’s false claim that his election was stolen is an extremely destructive attack,” Danforth said in a statement. “It is the opposite of being conservative; it is radical ”.
Two Republican senators, Rob Portman and Mike Lee, joined the growing number of those who now oppose the legislators’ objection.
“I cannot bear to allow Congress to reject the wishes of the voters,” Portman said in a statement.
The US Chamber of Commerce said Monday that challenging the electoral vote “undermines our democracy and the rule of law, and will only result in further division in our nation.”