Sen. Kelly Loeffler said during a rally with President Donald Trump Monday evening that she would join about a dozen of her GOP colleagues in objecting to slates of electoral votes from key battleground states.
“I have an announcement, Georgia,” Loeffler said at a rally in Dalton. “On Jan. 6, I will object to the Electoral College vote.”
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“We’re gonna get this done,” she added to raucous cheers from the crowd.
At the same rally, the president said that if Georgians “want to see a message to the powerful forces that are trying to control your country,” they should vote Tuesday for Loeffler and her in-state colleague, Sen. David Perdue.
Loeffler faces Rafael Warnock while Perdue faces off against Jon Ossoff.
Both Democratic challengers have controversial histories.
Warnock has questioned Christians’ military service and appears to have made anti-Semitic remarks while he’s also been accused by his wife of domestic abuse. In addition, he allegedly looked the other way amid claims of child abuse at a summer camp he ran for years.
Ossoff, meanwhile, has come under fire for having business ties to a Hong Kong firm with ties to China’s Communist government.
Over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he and 11 other GOP senators and senators-elect would sign-on to a growing number of House Republicans who have also pledged to object to the electoral slate.
In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Perdue urged fellow Republicans to object to the electors but said his own race likely wouldn’t be certified for “a week to 10 days” after polls close on Tuesday, so he “technically” won’t be seated yet.
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) January 4, 2021
“The election of 2020, like the election of 2016, was hard-fought and, in many swing states, narrowly decided. The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities,” Cruz said in a statement.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes,” he added.
He was initially joined by Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.), James Lankford (Okla.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), and Mike Braun (Ind.), as well as Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.) and Tommy Tuberville (Ala.).
Democrats and left-leaning media outlets have blasted the GOP objections. But Democrats objected to electoral results the last three times a Republican president was elected; in 2000, 2004, and 2016.
Specifically, Republicans are objecting to changes made to voting rules and procedures ahead of the Nov. 3 election they say are unconstitutional; under Article II, Sect. 1, Clause 2, only state legislatures have the authority to make such changes.
But before Nov. 3, voting procedures were changed by secretaries of state, governors, and state courts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin, ostensibly to accommodate Americans concerned about COVID-19.
Former Justice Department official and constitutional law expert Mark Levin explained what took place on his Monday evening radio show.
“The framers deliberatively and with much thought created the Electoral College process, in which the people and their elected legislatures — both state and national — would play important roles. But the electoral process rested first and foremost on the state legislatures directing how the electors would be chosen,” he said.
“The reason: While rejecting the direct election of a president, the framers concluded that the state legislatures were closest to the people in their respective states and would be the best representatives of their interests,” he added.
“At no time did the framers even raise the possibility that governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, election boards, administrators, etc., would play any significant role in the electoral process. Indeed, certain of those offices did not even exist.”
Levin also explained that following the 2016 election, the Democratic Party and various allied groups filed several lawsuits in key battleground states won by the president in an attempt to circumvent GOP-majority legislatures.
“Consequently, in each of these four battleground states — and there were others — whether through executive fiats or litigation, key, if not core, aspects of state election laws were fundamentally altered in contravention of the explicit power granted to the state legislatures and, therefore, in violation of the federal Constitution and the process set forth for directing the selection of electors,” he noted.
“And this is before we even get to the issue of voter fraud.”
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