Many Republicans, who still support the out-going President Donald Trump’s narrative on election fraud are gearing themselves up to challenge Joe Biden’s election victory when Congress will convene to certify the election results on Wednesday.
Even though this move is unlikely to change the election outcome, it will affect coordination between the Republicans and Biden’s administration in the future.
Two Republican representatives have claimed – during an interview broadcast on CNN that at least 140 Republicans will be voting against the certification of Joe Biden’s win.
As many as 40 voter fraud lawsuits, filed by Trump’s legal team, were dismissed by state courts. Despite meeting this fate, Republicans are still supporting Trump’s narrative.
The vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Peter Wehner, who has also worked as a speech-writer for Republican presidents, believes that a large number of Republicans willing to vote against the certification is extremely concerning. He anticipates this motive as highly anti-democratic and harmful for the Republicans. He holds the point of view that this indicates President Trump will still be influencing the GOP after his term to presidency ends.
A Democratic strategist also agrees with Wehner, saying that the main aim of the Republicans is to seek re-election during the midterm elections in 2022.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged the Republican lawmakers not to object to the certification of the election results. He holds the point of view that the GOP has a possibility of losing the runoff elections in Georgia if this happens. However, a Republican senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley has stated that he will be challenging the electoral votes. According to Wehner, McConnell is against this move because if the Republicans lose the runoff elections, he will also lose his control over the Senate.
Ben Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska, in an open letter, has criticized Hawley, for bringing disrespect to millions of voters and take away the right of the American people to decide their next President.