Pelosi Reacts To Sen. Hawley Announcing He Will Object To Election Certification
After Missouri Senator Josh Hawley made his announcement, a reporter then asked Nancy Pelosi what she thinks about the move from the Republican Senator.
Pelosi responded as she seemed caught off guard by news, “I have no doubt that on next Wednesday, a week from today, that Joe Biden will be confirmed by the acceptance of the vote of the electoral college as the 46th president of the United States.”
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri will join some GOP House Republicans in rejecting the result of the 2020 Electoral College vote when it is presented to Congress on January 6 becoming the first senator to officially make this announcement with just a week before the certification process.
The Republican lawmaker said he will object to the vote to raise his concerns about the “integrity of this election” which he said he is entitled to do so — just like how Democrats did so in both 2004 and 2016.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said in a statement on Wednesday.
“And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.”
The Missouri senator pointed out how Congress should have investigated multiple claims of election fraud that surfaced following the November 3 polls, but noted that they didn’t act on it, prompting his decision.
“At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act,” Hawley added.
“For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues.”
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
Congress is set to hold a joint session on January 6 to certify the results of the Electoral College votes — officially declaring the winner of the November 3 elections.
Members of Congress will then be allowed to object to the results.
Trump, Pence calls GOP to step-up fight against voter fraud
I refuse to certify a stolen election.
It is the duty of Congress to secure the integrity of our elections.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 31, 2020
“I refuse to certify a stolen election. It is the duty of Congress to secure the integrity of our elections.On Jan. 6th, I will #FightForTrump,” Greene wrote on Twitter.
Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence earlier asked Republican lawmakers to both “step-up” their fight to defend the presidency and “stay in the fight” as the Trump campaign continues to pursue legal efforts to ensure that only legal votes are counted in the polls — with hopes to eventually turn around the election outcome.
“Time for Republican Senators to step up and fight for the Presidency, like the Democrats would do if they had actually won. The proof is irrefutable! Massive late night mail-in ballot drops in swing states, stuffing the ballot boxes (on video), double voters, dead voters,” President Trump said.
….fake signatures, illegal immigrant voters, banned Republican vote watchers, MORE VOTES THAN ACTUAL VOTERS (check out Detroit & Philadelphia), and much more. The numbers are far greater than what is necessary to win the individual swing states, and cannot even be contested….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2020
“….fake signatures, illegal immigrant voters, banned Republican vote watchers, MORE VOTES THAN ACTUAL VOTERS (check out Detroit & Philadelphia), and much more. The numbers are far greater than what is necessary to win the individual swing states, and cannot even be contested….”
Meanwhile, VP Pence vowed to also continue fighting to ensure the integrity of the 2020 election results.
“As our election contest continues, I’ll make you a promise, we’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted,” Pence has said. “We’re going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out.”
“We need you to stay in the fight to be a check on what the Democrats and the radical left want to do and what they want to undo.” he added.
If Hawley or other senators eventually object to the Electoral College vote, it will prompt both the House and the Senate to separately debate the objections raised for a maximum of two hours. In order for an objection to any state’s votes to succeed, however, both chambers of Congress must “concurrently” agree with the objection.
This could rather be difficult to achieve in the Democrat-led House and a Senate without the support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier reportedly urged his Republican colleagues to refuse to sign on to any House efforts to block Joe Biden’s win saying that it “isn’t in the best interest of everybody” to object to the votes.
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