Over 140 House Republicans Will Vote To Block Electoral College Certification Of Biden’s Win
More than 140 GOP congressmen are planning on voting against the certification of the Electoral College vote and the affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory on January 6.
2 House Republicans tell me they expect as of now that at least 140 Republican Members of the House will on Jan 6 object to and vote against the Electoral College results showing President-elect Biden won
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 31, 2020
Following Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) declaring Wednesday that he would be objecting to certifying the Electoral College vote count on Jan. 6 in the Senate, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana) announced Thursday that he would join Hawley in rejecting the results of the presidential election when Congress meets to count.
“I will object to the certification of electoral votes on January 6th. Reports of voter fraud and actions by some states to alter election processes in an unlawful manner have not been properly reviewed,” Higgins said in a statement.
I will object to the certification of electoral votes on January 6th.
See my full statement below. pic.twitter.com/zTSPqXnPGf
— Rep. Clay Higgins (@RepClayHiggins) December 31, 2020
The announcement is the latest in President Donald Trump and allies’ frenzied efforts to overturn the election results. Hawley became the first senator to declare that he would object when Congress counts the Electoral College votes next week, which would force lawmakers in both chambers to vote on whether to accept the results of Biden’s victory.
Of course he’s fundraising off fantasy
Getting ready for 2024. Using disinformation and conspiracies as a baseline for fundraising. Grift.
Fooling people to take their money. #QAnon and conspiracy theories are the new “normal”.
Shameful stuff https://t.co/uXzJm9glWS
— Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) December 31, 2020
Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Virginia) told Forbes that a “staggering number” of his colleagues would likely object, adding that “140 certainly seems possible… I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a little higher.”
Riggleman said he initially expected around a hundred objections but that “pressure [is] being exerted” on House Republicans – as evidenced by state delegations putting out joint statements promising to bar the vote.
Pennsylvania Members of Congress Release Statement Regarding Certification of Electors https://t.co/uKoqtiJ1RO
— Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (@GReschenthaler) December 31, 2020
If the Congressmen and Senators follow through with their plan to object, the House and Senate will be forced to go into separate sessions to consider the objection on January 6. For the process to move forward, both chambers must agree to it by a simple majority vote, which they are unlikely to do.