Donald’s dirty dozen: Ted Cruz joins bloc of 12 Republican senators vowing to object to certifying Joe Biden win, in defiance of Mitch McConnell’s pleas that it will tear the GOP apart
- A total of 12 Republican senators now vow to object during January 6 vote
- Ted Cruz on Saturday issued a statement with 10 of his GOP colleagues
- They call for a commission to investigate the election in states that they dispute
- Their efforts are in parallel with those of Missouri Republican Josh Hawley
- Senate Leader McConnell has pleaded with his caucus not to block the vote
- McConnell says the effort will be futile and only divide and weaken the party
In a statement on Saturday with 10 other GOP senators, Cruz demanded the appointment of an emergency commission to conduct a 10-day audit of the election returns in ‘disputed states’.
Until such a commission is appointed, they vowed to intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from those states – a largely symbolic move that has little chance of preventing Biden from taking office.
The effort is considered separate but parallel to that of Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who earlier this week became the first sitting member of the Senate to announce he would challenge the election result.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has said he will be among a dozen Republican senators who will challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory when Electoral College results are tallied in Congress next week
Cruz was joined in the statement by Senators Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, along with Cynthia Lummis, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Hagerty, and Roger Marshall, all of whom will be sworn in as senators on Sunday in the new Congress.
The statement pointed out that Democrats in Congress had previously raised objections to the result of a presidential election, including in 1969, 2001, 2005, and 2017.
A number of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also plan on contesting the vote tally.
In a statement, Cruz and the other senators said they intend to vote to reject electors from swing states that have been at the center of President Donald Trump’s unproven assertions of election fraud and will call for the establishment of a commission to investigate claims of fraud on an emergency basis.
Biden will be sworn into office on Jan. 20.
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