Talk about sore losers not able to accept the result of an election. On Thursday, Politico reported that some House Democrats may challenge Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory when Congress meets in a joint session on Friday to certify his victory.
According to Politico:
Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Bobby Scott of Virginia, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan and Jamie Raskin of Maryland are among a group of Democrats eyeing challenges.
Members have the right to lodge those protests when Congress officially counts the electoral votes on Friday. But for the protests to have any effect on the proceedings, they’ll need to secure the backing of at least one senator, and it’s unclear whether any Senate Democrats are weighing a similar challenge.
Either way, there’s effectively no chance the protests will alter the actual election outcome, given Republican control of Congress. Instead, the effort could give Democrats a new venue to protest Trump’s victory. And if the Democrats can secure a senator’s support, the challenges could delay the certification of Trump’s victory for hours while the House and Senate separately debate the merits of each protested electoral college vote.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking to reporters outside the House chamber, said she’s undecided so far on the Electoral College challenge.
“We’ll see,” Pelosi said. “I’m just hearing about this now.”
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“It’s a way for some people to have fun,” said Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn.
“This is not about trying to stop Donald Trump from becoming President,” Perlmutter’s office said in a statement. “This is about the fact that our liberty, freedom and democracy were compromised by Russia’s intrusion into America’s election. We cannot allow a foreign nation to ever influence our elections because it harms our liberty, freedom and independence. This is bigger than just one election, and for the sake of our democracy, we must remain vigilant.”
The Hill added:
But they would need the support of at least one senator to make an impact. While there’s almost no chance of changing the outcome, a two-chamber challenge could delay certification by forcing the House and Senate to separately debate each protested Electoral College vote, according to Politico.
As of now, no senator has come forward to back such efforts.
Should a senator join those protesting, the challenge to the Electoral College would be the third since the 1800s.
Ohio’s electoral votes were challenged in 2005, when certifying George W. Bush’s reelection. The protest delayed the confirmation of Bush’s win for hours but had no effect on the election results.
So who, exactly, is behind this latest effort to steal the election from Trump?
The Hill noted:
Progressive groups are reportedly behind the push for an Electoral College challenge. One group involved in this week’s attempt, Unite for America, was behind a December push to persuade electors to change their selection when they cast votes on Dec. 19.
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