The plan spearheaded by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to challenge the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 6 is forcing GOP senators to pick a side in the fight.
On Monday two of Donald Trump’s most sycophantic supporters in the Senate, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, both indicated they do not support the certification challenge that 13 of their colleagues and at least 140 members of Congress have signed onto.
Graham signaled his opposition to the plan in a tweet, writing, “Proposing a commission at this late date – which has zero chance of becoming reality – is not effectively fighting for President Trump. It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy.”
Proposing a commission at this late date – which has zero chance of becoming reality – is not effectively fighting for President Trump.
It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy. https://t.co/4bIT1J36cL
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 3, 2021
Cotton, who has baselessly questioned the outcome of the election, couched his refusal to support the challenge in the noble context of defending democracy. He warned that the Hawley/Cruz plan “would essentially end presidential elections and place that power in the hands of whichever party controls Congress. The Founders entrusted our elections chiefly to the states — not Congress,” Cotton said in a statement on Sunday. “They entrusted the election of our president to the people, acting through the Electoral College — not Congress. And they entrusted the adjudication of election disputes to the courts — not Congress.”
As you would expect, Trump took aim at Cotton on Twitter Monday morning, appearing to threaten to primary the Arkansan for not supporting the Electoral College challenge. “@SenTomCotton Republicans have pluses and minuses, but on thing is sure, THEY NEVER FORGET!” he wrote.
Trump then seemingly went after all Republicans who have not pledged support the Jan. 6 gambit, saying “The ‘Surrender Caucus’ within the Republican Party will go down in infamy as weak and ineffective.”