Mitch McConnell under fire for warning GOP senators not to join Electoral College floor fight backing Trump


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is under fire from the right after warning Republican senators not to join a floor-fight to challenge the electoral votes in several key swing states when Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to officially tally the votes from the Electoral College.

It didn’t help McConnell’s cause that he congratulated Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday after saying the Electoral College “has spoken” — referring to Biden as the president-elect: “Today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The President-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years.”

 

The warning to the GOP senators was seen by many as failing to support President Trump amid serious concerns about voter fraud, but McConnell may be looking big picture in the sense of control of the Senate.

With the balance of the upper chamber hanging on the outcome of next month’s run-off elections in Georgia, where two Senate seats are up for grabs, the Associated Press reported that McConnell is “fending off a messy fight that could damage Republicans” because they would have to either back Trump or publicly buck him.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., has vowed to “object to the submissions of Electoral College votes from various states that, in my judgment, have such flawed election systems that their vote-counts are unworthy of our ratification in the United States Congress.”

The states in question are Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Wisconsin, and Brooks said he needs a member of the Senate to join him to force a floor vote on “whether to accept this systematically-flawed election system or to reject it.”

“I’m quite confident that if we only counted lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens, Donald Trump won the electoral college,” Brooks said. “And we should not be counting illegal votes and putting in an illegitimate president of the United States.”

Republican Senator Ron Johnson announced Tuesday that the Senate Homeland Security Committee would be holding a full hearing on election irregularities Wednesday due to public distrust over the process.

President Trump responded to a Daily Mail article on criticism of McConnell to say: “Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!”

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As for McConnell’s motivations, independent journalist  Kyle Becker offered his take on one possibility, while reminding followers that the Senate leader “killed a voting security act that would have hammered Dominion, after receiving *thousands* from the foreign company’s lobbyists.”

It is a stretch to think that McConnell would sell-out so cheaply, and keeping in mind that the PAVE Act was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, the radical Oregon Democrat, there may be good reason for killing it.

Nonetheless, the criticism of McConnell was intense, beginning with Fox News host Mark Levin.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:

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