Tapper: 140 Republicans Joining Trump’s Efforts to Overturn Election on Jan 6th
Donald Trump has demanded that Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans overturn the results of the 2020 election so that the GOP will continue to control the White House despite President-elect Joe Biden winning by a landslide. Despite losing every single effort in courts in key battleground states, Trump has been unable to overcome the will of the people who voted for Joe Biden by nearly 8 million more votes. But he’s been able to round up the usual suspects to back him on January 6th, when Congress is tasked with accepting the 306 Electoral College votes for Joe Biden.
On Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper cited two House Republicans telling him that over 140 GOP members of Congress will back Trump’s effort to overturn the election.”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,” Tapper reported.
This seems to be in conflict with a very public statement from Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who is urging his fellow Republicans to drop their efforts to block Biden’s certification so that the country can move forward.
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
A comprehensive takedown by @BenSasse of all the Trump claims about the election culminates with this line, one day after @HawleyMO said he’ll contest the election on Jan 6: “Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self government.” https://t.co/jnNLmRK28P pic.twitter.com/jWFVYAgTTo
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) December 31, 2020
Sasse had strong words for his colleagues in a six-part Facebook post, sharing that what they’re saying publicly is very different from what’s being said behind closed doors. “Having been in private conversations with two dozen of my colleagues over the past few weeks, it seems useful to explain in public why I will not be participating in a project to overturn the election — and why I have been urging my colleagues also to reject this dangerous ploy,” Sasse wrote.
He added: “The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking — first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress — to overturn the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.”
Sasse’s posts come after Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said Wednesday he will object when Congress counts the Electoral College votes next week, which will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept Biden’s victory.
Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted a clip of her with Tapper’s colleague Don Lemon as an assurance Trump’s plan won’t work, just like his other attempts to overturn the election.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 31, 2020
Sasse’s comments seem to align more with the Democrats on this issue. “When we talk in private, I haven’t heard a single Congressional Republican allege that the election results were fraudulent — not one,” Sasse wrote. “Instead, I hear them talk about their worries about how they will ‘look’ to Trump’s most ardent supporters.”
All eyes will be on Congress when they meet to accept the Electoral College votes for Biden on January 6, just one day after the vital Georgia Senate runoff elections.