Mitch McConnell recently acknowledged on the Senate floor that the electoral college has cast their votes and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect. Not all of his colleagues are ready to move forward, though.
McConnell, who has called himself the ‘Grim Reaper’ and boasted about his obstruction prowess, surprised many by openly accepting Donald Trump’s loss, even though it was well over a month past the election by the time he did it. However, there have been signs in the Senate Majority Leader’s recent history that he’s ready to move on from the Trump chapter of American History, including derisive statements about the White House’s handling of COVID-19.
Time reported this week that McConnell had told other senators not to fight Trump’s loss, because doing so could continue to hurt Republicans’ chances in the Georgia elections in January. Joe Biden will be President in January, and the House is Democrat-controlled. At this point, McConnell’s retention of power relies on keeping a Republican majority in the Senate.
However, it turns out that at least one Senator-Elect is not on the same page as McConnell. Tommy Tuberville, the Republican who was elected in Alabama after Trump publicly trashed Jeff Sessions for failing to protect him from the Russia investigation, is hinting that he’ll join House Republicans in challenging the Electoral College.
BREAKING: Defying Moscow Mitch, Sen-elect Tuberville suggests he will challenge Electoral College in Congress. Because he’s a damn traitor.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 17, 2020
Near the end of the clip above, Tuberville tells reporters that he’s going to have to “do in the Senate” what “you’ve been hearing about…in the House.”
In the House, Representative Mo Brooks and Representative-Elect Marjorie Taylor Greene are planning a January 6th challenge to the electoral vote. To force deliberation, there must be at least one challenger from each the House and Senate, and Brooks has been seeking someone in the Senate to help him. New senators are sworn in on January 3rd, meaning that by the 6th, Tuberville will be available to join the challenge.
Georgia’s Senate runoff, meanwhile, takes place on January 5th, and Republicans have already disinvited Trump from a return rally visit, saying he did damage to their cause the first time around, focusing on his own election loss and claims of fraud, rather than supporting the Republican candidates.
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