Will Perdue, Loeffler Join GOP Senators Opposing Biden Certification?

Nearly a dozen Republican senators said Saturday that will join GOP colleague Josh Hawley of Missouri in objecting to certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory when a joint session of Congress convenes on Jan. 6.

On Wednesday Hawley announced his intention to contest the Electoral College vote and was blasted for the move by a number of other senators, including one of those who announced today that he’s signing onto the movement: Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Other signatories to the joint statement are James Lankford (Okla.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), and Mike Braun (Ind.), and Senators-Elect Cynthia M. Lummis (Wyo.), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.) and Tommy Tuberville (Ala.). There’s no word yet if Georgia senators David Perdue or Kelly Loeffler intend to join the group objecting to certification.

The lawmakers issued a joint statement calling for “an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” although they never actually identify how many or which states’ election returns should be audited. “Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed,” they write.

As justification for their call to re-examine the most counted and recounted election in U.S. history, the senators cited a poll they say showed about 40 percent of Americans believe the election was rigged, and contend that the additional vetting is needed to restore trust in U.S. elections.

“Whether or not our elected officials or journalists believe it, that deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically disappear,” they said. “It should concern us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations.”

There is no evidence to support the contentions made by the senators in their statement. And as a reminder, here’s what Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse had to say of Hawley’s stunt: “Let’s be clear what is happening here: We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. But they’re wrong – and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government.”

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