Alabama Republican Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville dropped a bombshell this week when he indicated that he may challenge the Electoral College votes from several key battleground states in the U.S. Senate in defiance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Some congressional Republicans, led by Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks, are discussing a plan to challenge the results of the election when Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to certify Joe Biden as president.
McConnell, for his part, congratulated Biden this week and referred to him as the president elect.
In a video posted by Lauren Windsor, the executive producer of “Undercurrent,” Tuberville appeared to lend his support to the effort.
“Well, you see what’s coming. You’ve been reading about it in the House. We’re gonna have to, we’re gonna have to do it in the Senate,” Tuberville said.
BREAKING: Defying McConnell, Sen-elect Tuberville suggests he will challenge Electoral College, while stumping in Georgia pic.twitter.com/1z5wJ2ajVP
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) December 17, 2020
The congressional procedure for accepting a state’s Electoral College results can be slowed considerably if one member of the House and one member of the Senate each object to recording the electoral votes of a state.
Should objections be raised, each house of Congress will be forced to debate for two hours and then hold a floor vote on whether to accept the results. In the event that the Democratic-controlled House votes one way and the Republican-controlled Senate votes another way, the tie is broken by the governor’s certification in the disputed state.
Brooks has been leading the charge to challenge the results of the Electoral College in Congress.
“I find it unfathomable that anyone would acquiesce to election theft and voter fraud because they lack the courage to take a difficult vote on the House or Senate floor,” Brooks told Politico in an interview. “Last time I checked, that’s why we were elected to Congress.”
It’s been unclear that any GOP senators would join Brooks and his House colleagues.
President Trump wants Republicans to fight.
On Wednesday, the president told McConnell via tweet that it is “too soon to give up,” despite the election results being certified by every state and the Electoral College officially selecting Biden to be the next president of the United States.
Trump's allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden https://t.co/ak9nu6420L via @MailOnline. Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2020