McConnell Says Jan. 6 Vote Will Be His Most Consequential in 36 Years
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been in the Senate since 1984. He’s cast thousands of votes on budgets, wars, Supreme Court justices and impeachments. Today he told his GOP Senate colleagues that his vote on Jan. 6, with which he will certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory and place as 46th president of the United States, will be “the most consequential I have ever cast.”
Axios is reporting that McConnell made his comment during a Thursday conference call and came in the wake of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) publicly declaring that he’ll object to certifying the electoral votes in Pennsylvania and perhaps in other states as well. Hawley’s announcement is in direct opposition to McConnell’s directive to the GOP caucus that it not challenge the election results in what historically has been a ceremonial convening of both houses of Congress to certify the Electoral College results.
McConnell’s comments are sure to ratchet up tension between him and Donald Trump, who has welcomed Hawley’s declaration of loyalty to him. Reportedly, 140 House Republicans also are on board the non-certification train even though Constitutional scholars agree it stands exactly zero chance of reaching its destination.
A source told Axios that during the GOP conference call McConnell asked the Missouri senator to explain exactly what he planned to do on Jan. 6. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey defended the integrity of his state’s elections. And Indiana Sen. Todd Young asked Hawley to tell colleagues which states he planned to contest.
Just one problem: Hawley had failed to dial into the call, reports Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, so those questions remain unanswered.