During an interview with Fox News, Republican congressman Matt Gaetz unleashed on never-Trump Republicans as he promoted a massive shift in the Republican Party.
“We aren’t going back to the old Republican party,” Gaetz vowed during the segment. “We’re not going back to losing politely with Mitt Romney. We are not going back to the Bushs & the Cheneys. This is Donald Trump’s Party. I’m a Donald Trump Republican. That’s where the energy in our party is.”
Gaetz then went onto bash CNN, saying, “And for those on CNN calling us traitors and seditious for utilizing the very same process utilized by Democrats, I would have to point out that a Republican president has not been sworn in absence of some congressional effort at challenging electors since 1989 and somehow the union held.”
“We have serious concerns,” Gaetz continued. “Tens of millions of Americans have serious concerns. The Congress is the place people come to debate important matters of the day and that is exactly what we are going to ripe in with out objections.”
The Republican establishment and pro-Trump Republicans have been at war over the past couple months as President Trump continues to challenge the 2020 election results.
Over the weekend Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued an emergency statement after multiple Republican lawmakers came forward and announced their plans to challenge the Electoral College certification on January 6.
Ryan blasted the Republican lawmakers who are choosing to defend President Donald Trump as he argued how “Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.”
Read his statement below:
All our basic rights and freedoms flow from a fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law. This principle is not only fundamentally American but a central tenet of conservatism. Under our system, voters determine the president, and this self-governance cannot sustain itself if the whims of Congress replace the will of the people. I urge members to consider the precedent that it would set.
Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republic. t is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans. The fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy.
The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed. The Department of Justice, too, found no basis for overturning the result. If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.
On Saturday, it was revealed that a group of GOP Senators were planning on challenging the Electoral College Certification on January 6th.
The effort is reportedly led by Republican Senator Ted Cruz who is demanding an emergency 10-day audit of the 2020 election results.
Cruz, along with the other senators, are claiming that the November 3rd election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct.”
Check out what Fox News reported:
Joining Cruz are Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; John Kennedy, R-La.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Braun, R-Ind.; as well as Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.; Roger Marshall, R-Kansas; Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
Their effort is separate from one announced by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who said this week that he will object to what he claims was the failure of some states — most notably Pennsylvania — to follow their own election laws.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed,” the lawmakers said on Saturday. “By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”
A source familiar with the effort by the GOP senators told Fox News that it was Cruz who orchestrated the push just days before the joint session of Congress on Wednesday to officially approve the Electoral College votes electing former Vice President Joe Biden.
The lawmakers say there is a precedent of Democrats objecting to election results in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2019. “And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged,” they said.
The senators and senators-elect are calling for Congress to appoint a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election returns in states where the results are disputed. They cite as precedent the 1877 race between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford Hayes in which there were allegations of fraud in multiple states.
“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy,” the lawmakers said. “Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission — consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices — to consider and resolve the disputed returns.”
“We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” they added. “Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”
If demands aren’t met, the senators will be voting against the certification.
“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they continued.
“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend. We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it,” they said. “And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.”
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