Donald Trump thanked Republican Representative Mo Brooks on Thursday for his plan to challenge the Electoral College votes when Congress moves to certify the election for Joe Biden next month.
‘Thank you to Represenative (sic) Mo Brooks!’ Trump tweeted, then reposted the same tweet an hour later fixing the spelling mistake.
Brooks, a 66-year-old congressman who was just elected for his sixth term, said Wednesday that he will launch an official challenge on January 6, claiming the presidential election was ‘badly flawed’ and mass mail-in voting was ‘unconstitutional’.
Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, 46, has joined Brooks in his last-ditch effort to overturn the results, claiming she will also challenge the Electoral College votes.
Once sworn into office on January 3, 2021, one of the first actions of the new Congress on January 6 is to certify the presidential election by approving the Electoral College votes.
Greene, who will be sworn in as Republican representative for Georgia’s 14th District next month, says she will join Brooks in officially challenging the results.
‘I just met with @RepMoBrooks, and I told him I’m on board 100%!’ Greene tweeted on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump thanked Alabama Republican Representative Mo Brooks on Thursday for vowing to launch a last-ditch effort to overturn the election results
Brooks, 66, said Wednesday that he plans to officially challenge the Electoral College results when Congress moves to certify the election for Joe Biden on January 6
Marjorie Taylor Greene, who will be sworn in on January 3 to represent Georgia’s 14th District, is joining Brooks in that effort
‘I’m on board 100%!’ Greene tweeted Wednesday after meeting with Brooks
She also tweeted Thursday that she is on the hunt for a Senator to join her and Brooks in challenging the results. One member from both chambers of Congress is needed to officially launch deliberations on a challenge
Greene garnered national attention in her Republican primary race after it was revealed she supports some notions pushed by the conspiracy theory group QAnon.
In a 2017 video, Greene said the group’s ideas are ‘worth listening to’.
QAnon is a far-right conspiracy that claims the Democratic Party is a front of a ring of sex traffickers and pedophiles who are plotting against Trump from within the government.
Brooks and Greene would need a senator to join in the efforts as at least one member of the two chambers needs to launch a challenge to actually force deliberation on the matter.
‘I’m looking for a Senator to join myself and @RepMoBrooks to reject the fraudulent votes for @JoeBiden and keep @realDonaldTrump in the White House!’ Greene pleaded in a Thursday tweet.
She urged: ‘RT and tag your Senator.’
Brooks insists he will still move forward with the process even without support in the upper chamber, meaning there will be a protest at the January 6 confirmation of the election results.
Brooks said in a report published Wednesday,’In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that.’
‘This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures,’ he continued.
The presidential election results show Trump with 232 Electoral College votes to Biden’s 306 – well over the 270 margin needed for a victory.
Attorney General Bill Barr said Tuesday that there was no evidence of enough fraud to overturn the election result and Trump’s attempts to overturn election results have failed in state after state.
The House and Senate meet in joint session with the vice-president presiding on January 6. In alphabetical order, each state has its results read.
Following these procedures, one lawmaker from both the House and Senate can come together to challenge that state’s results.
That then kicks off two hours of debate in each chamber and a vote on whether to uphold the challenge.
Greene garnered national attention after it came to light that she supported some ideas pushed by far-right conspiracy theory group QAnon
In 2017, a handful of Democratic House members protested at Trump’s victory but were overruled by Joe Biden as he presided and got no support from a senator.
At the time Republicans slammed them as bad losers.
The last time a motion was actually successfully made was in 2003, when 30 House Democrats and one senator succeeded in having a debate on the validity of John Kerry’s defeat in Ohio, but lost the vote overwhelmingly, affirming George W. Bush’s victory.
That too was slammed by Republicans as sour grapes.
Successfully rejecting a state’s electoral college votes needs a majority of both Houses, and with Democrats in control of the House, is effectively impossible.
Brooks, a five-term Alabama congressman and member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said he has had ‘indirect communication’ with GOP senators about joining forces in the effort to challenge the Electoral College votes.
He said members of Republican leadership have not indicated which way they will go when it comes time to officially certify the election.
Brooks acknowledged that the move to try to block certification could be more of a symbolic protest, unlikely to yield any change.
Some have theorized since before the election that Trump would seek to overturn the election results should Biden emerge the victor through the 6-3 conservative majority Supreme Court.
Brooks, however, says Congress is the ultimate authority on the matter.
‘A lot of time is being wasted in court,’ Brooks said. ‘The Supreme Court does not have the lawful authority to determine whether to accept or reject a state’s Electoral College submissions.’
‘Under the United States Constitution and U.S. law, that is the job and duty of elected officials,’ he added.
‘And so it’s the United States Congress that is the final judge and jury of whether to accept or reject Electoral College submissions by states, and to elect who the president and vice president of the United States might be,’ Brooks told Politico.
The Alabama congressman recently won his sixth term by becoming the Republican nominee without a Democratic opponent in Alabama’s 5th congressional district.
Trump’s bid to overturn the election has caused some in-fighting among the Republican Party – dividing those down the line who support his challenges and those who do not.
Brooks’ fellow Freedom Caucus member, Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas, took aim at GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming over her comments regarding the election.
Cheney said if Trump still can’t prove his election ‘fraud’ claims then he should ‘the sanctity of our electoral process’ and concede to Biden.
During a private GOP call on Tuesday, Gohmert told Cheney he wouldn’t have backed her for another leadership term and would have encouraged someone else to run against her if he knew about her stances before the election.
Cheney pushed back on Gohmert’s rebuke, claiming it just reaffirms that the rule of law needs to be followed in America.