With installing desperation, Donald Trump has actually stated he would “fight like hell” to hang on to the presidency and attracted Republican legislators to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden when they assemble today to verify the Electoral College vote.
Electoral citizens won by President- choose Biden are “not gonna take this White House!” he shouted as supporters cheered at an outdoor rally in Georgia on Monday night. Trump’s announced purpose for the trip was to boost Republican Senate candidates in Tuesday’s runoff election, but he spent much of his speech complaining bitterly about his election loss — which he insists he won “by a lot.”
Earlier, in Washington, he pressed Republican lawmakers to formally object Wednesday at a joint session of Congress that is to confirm Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, itself a confirmation of Biden’s nationwide victory November 3.
Though he got nothing but cheers Monday night, Trump’s attempt to overturn the presidential election is splitting the Republican Party. Some GOP lawmakers backing him are rushing ahead, despite an outpouring of condemnation from current and former party officials warning the effort is undermining Americans faith in democracy.
All 10 living former defense secretaries wrote in an op-ed that ” the time for questioning the outcomes has actually passed.”
It is unclear the extent to which GOP leaders in Congress will be able to control Wednesday’s joint session, which could drag into the night, though the challenges to the election are all but certain to fail. Trump himself is whipping up crowds for a Wednesday rally near the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence, who is under pressure to tip the results for Trump, will be closelyed as he presides in a ceremonial role over Wednesday’s joint session. ” I assure you this: On Wednesday, well have our day in Congress,” Pence stated while himself marketing in Georgia ahead of Tuesday’s overflow elections that will identify control of the Senate.
Trump stated in Georgia: “I hope that our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.” He included, “No, Mike is a great guy.”
One of the Georgia Republicans in Tuesday’s overflow–Sen Kelly Loeffler, who deals with Democrat Raphael Warnock– informed the crowd she will sign up with senators officially challenging Biden’s win. The other Republican looking for reelection, David Perdue, who is running versus Democrat Jon Ossoff, will not be qualified to vote. Trump duplicated various times his claims of election scams, which have actually been turned down by election authorities– Republican in addition to Democratic in the state after state– and courts as much as the U.S. Supreme Court.
His previous chief law officer, William Barr, likewise has actually stated there is no proof of scams that might alter the election result. The congressional effort to keep Trump in the workplace is being led bySens Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, in addition to rank-and-file House members, some on the celebration’s fringe.
“Just got off the phone with @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted freshly chosenRep Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is lined up with a conspiracy group supportTrump “He desires you to call your Rep & Senators TODAY, All The Time!” she tweeted Monday.
“Don’t let Republicans be the Surrender Caucus!” She later joined the president on Air Force One as he travelled to Georgia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to prevent his party from engaging in this battle, which could help define the GOP in the post-Trump era. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Trump ally, has declined to say much publicly on it.
Both Hawley and Cruz are potential 2024 presidential contenders, vying for Trump’s base of supporters. Biden, speaking at a drive-in rally in Atlanta, said Trump “spends more time whining and complaining” than he does working on solving the coronavirus pandemic.
He added dismissively, “I don’t know why he still wants the job — he doesn’t want to do the work.” During the day Monday, more current and former GOP officials rebuked the effort to upend the election.
Former three-term Sen. John Danforth of Missouri said in a stinging statement, “Lending credence to Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen is a highly destructive attack.” He stated, “It is the opposite of conservative; it is radical.”
Two existing Republican senators, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mike Lee of Utah, signed up with the growing number who now oppose the lawmakers’ difficulty. Portman stated in a declaration, “I can not support enabling Congress to prevent the will of the citizens.”
At the Dalton rally, Trump noted he was a “little angry” at Lee, however revealed hope that the senator would alter his mind. “We need his vote,” Trump stated. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the huge lobbying organisation and virtual personification of business facility, stated the electoral vote difficulty “undermines our democracy and the rule of law and will only result in further division across our nation.”
So far, Trump has actually employed assistance from a lots Republican senators and as much as 100 House Republicans to challenge Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win. With Biden set to be inauguratedJan 20, Trump is magnifying efforts to avoid the conventional transfer of power.
On a call revealed Sunday, he can be heard pressing Georgia authorities to “find” him more votes from theNov 3 election he lost because state.