Paul Ryan Blasts Republicans Challenging Biden Electors: ‘Joe Biden’s Victory Is Entirely Legitimate’

Written by Martin Walsh

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The D.C. swamp is wasting little time embracing Joe Biden and turning on President Donald Trump.

Paul Ryan — the former Wisconsin Republican lawmaker who served as House Speaker — issued a statement on Sunday afternoon blasting Republicans who are planning to challenge Biden electors when Congress meets in a joint session on Jan. 6 to certify the vote of the Electoral College.

“Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate,” Ryan wrote.

One dozen Republican senators and a reported 140 GOP Congressmen have said they will challenge electors when Congress meets Wednesday.

Ryan said in his statement:

All our basic rights and freedoms flow from a fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law. This principle is not only fundamentally American but a central tenet of conservatism. Under our system, voters determine the president, and this self-governance cannot sustain itself if the whims of Congress replace the will of the people. I urge members to consider the precedent that it would set.

Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republic. t is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans. The fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy.

The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed. The Department of Justice, too, found no basis for overturning the result. If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.

Former Gov. Chris Christie — who helped President Donald Trump prepare for the first presidential debate against Joe Biden — is now backstabbing the president.

Christie said Trump is “hurting himself” and “hurting the country” by continuing to challenge November’s presidential election.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also went after Trump and told Republicans hoping to overturn the election results to give up.

“This is crazy. it will be killed on arrival. Why are smart people advancing this notion? Let it go. The election is over,” he tweeted.