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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, and other Republican senators are reportedly working in the shadows against President Donald Trump.
According to The Hill, McConnell and a few others are planning to speak with Alabama Republican Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville in an attempt to avoid a messy floor fight on Jan. 6 over finalizing the results of the Electoral College vote.
Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks is promising to challenge the Electoral College. Tuberville has strongly suggested that he plans to be the lone senator and support the challenge.
If Brooks and Tuberville do challenge the vote, both chambers would hold a two-hour debate and would have to agree on the objection in order to throw out contested electoral votes.
In his usual swampy tone, GOP Sen. John Thune had harsh words for Tuberville.
“Ultimately every senator will have to make their own decision about that but I think there will be people, yeah, reaching out to him just to kind of find out what he’s going to do. If nothing else, we need to kind of know the plan,” he said.
“We’ll see. He’s made some public statements,” he added. “I’m hoping in the end that all senators will conclude that this election needs to be over with and it’s time to move on.”
McConnell said that he will not support overturning the election at all, “Our country has officially a President-elect & a Vice President-elect. The Electoral College has spoken…Today, I want to congratulate Pres-elect Joe Biden.”
Romney said, “Clearly if one pushes long and hard, once you’ve lost, you’ve lost.”
Last week, Tuberville indicated he may challenge the Electoral College votes from several key battleground states in the Senate.
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
In the House, 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.”
President Trump wants Republicans to fight.
Last week, 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.