“Stop the Steal” movement leaders on Tuesday pledged to primary Republican senators who refuse to support objections to electoral votes during next month’s joint session of Congress.
GOP activist Ali Alexander, head of the movement, acknowledged at a press conference in Washington, D.C., that four Republican House members, including Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama and three representative-elects, have already announced they will object to the slate of electors showing a Joe Biden win when Congress meets Jan. 6.
“We are calling on at least one senator to join them,” Alexander said. “We are going to target the GOP senators, and we will primary the ones that don’t stand with us and we will celebrate the ones that do stand with the voters.”
Alexander’s call comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor of the chamber Tuesday, he is acknowledging Biden as “president-elect” and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as “vice-president-elect.”
But, The Epoch Times reports, two GOP senators — Ron Paul of Kentucky and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — have said they are considering challenging the slate of electors from swing states where allegations of widespread vote fraud have been made by President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team.
“We’re still looking at all the legal stuff that’s happening with the legal cases and we’ll make our decision after we’ve seen all of the legal challenges,” Paul told CNN last week.
Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, also told reporters that he is leaving the possibility open of challenging the electors. His panel is preparing to hold the first congressional hearings on the election’s “irregularities.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo) is also said to be pondering a challenge, The Epoch Times reported.
By law, if one member from each chamber challenges the slate of electors, then each chamber adjourns to meet separately to vote on the challenges. Along with Brooks, Rep.-elect Barry Moore (R-Ala.), and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), will also file challenges.
But since Democrats hold a slim majority in the House, it’s not likely that the challenge in that chamber will be successful. And while Republicans may still hold a slim majority in the Senate when the joint session meets early next month, it’s likely that at least four GOP senators — Mitt Romney (Utah); Lisa Murkowski (Alaska); Susan Collins (Maine); and Ben Sasse (Neb.) — will support Biden, as they have already stated that he is president-elect.
Nevertheless, Alexander pressed GOP senators, especially McConnell, telling him at Tuesday’s presser, “The constitutional process has not been exhausted. We have Jan. 6. In fact, you play a role in that.”
Other speakers at the press conference made reference to the Tea Party movement, a grassroots effort that began during President Obama’s first term and was responsible for knocking off several GOP members of Congress thought to be more closely aligned with the political establishment.
McConnell opposed the movement and worked to defeat several of its candidates. He has also come under fire for urging GOP senators not to join in election challenges.
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“The establishment beat the Tea Party by out-waiting us, by co-opting or corrupting some of our people, leaders. But they didn’t have a visionary leader, and they didn’t have the vision of America first,” Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, a conservative group, and former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, said.
“And you cannot wait out the American people on this and think it will all turn out fine. That’s what President Trump knows. That’s what these patriots know.”
Martin said Republican voters are motivated to support President Trump and his election challenges, adding they will be much less motivated to support GOP candidates who failed to offer their support for the legal challenges as well.
In recent weeks as challenges have unfolded, Trump himself has urged some of his congressional supporters to primary Republicans holding state offices including Govs. Doug Ducey (Ariz.) and Brian Kemp (Ga.).
Meanwhile, Alexander Bruesewitz, a founding member of the 2020 Stop the Steal coalition, named Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has one primary target in 2022 for calling Biden president-elect.
“You will be primaried in 2022,” said Bruesewitz. “That’s a promise.”
“You have these people up here in Washington that just don’t seem to get it all; they want to lose. It’s a disgrace what Mitch McConnell said. We need fighters, we need fighters in Washington,” Bruesewitz noted further, adding that people shouldn’t give up on the president because “he hasn’t given up on us.”
“These are now Trump’s people. This is Trump’s party, and we are paying attention,” noted Michigan GOP elector Meshawn Maddock. “These people are not going to go away. So abandon the grassroots at your own peril.”
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