Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Wednesday that he will challenge President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College on January 6, when Congress will fulfill its constitutional obligation to certify the results of the 2020 election.
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity,” Hawley said in a statement. “They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”
Hawley “cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden,” the press release continued. “At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
There is no evidence that voter fraud exists at a scale that would have affected the outcome of the election.
Numerous federal and state investigations have come to the same conclusions – that the 2020 election was secure and that Biden won fairly.
Nevertheless, “for these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues,” Hawley said.
Hawley is the first senator to say he will object to the certification, joining a group of House Republicans. Biden will still be certified the winner, but the move will force Senate Republicans to go on the record on whether they agree with Trump’s baseless allegations — many of which have been thrown out in court — that there was widespread election fraud.
The freshman lawmaker then wrote on Twitter that the “millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf,” even though beliefs are not facts.
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
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