New Republican MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has expressed support for the far-right QAnon conspiracy, told a crowd outside a gun store in Georgia that she would not vote to confirm the election results of 2020 of President-elect Joe Biden.
The MP-elect told a crowd of campaign rallies on Friday that she would join Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks “and many of my other colleagues” in contesting the Electoral College’s votes, which will be certified during a joint session of Congress on January 6.
“I have seen a lot of evidence of electoral fraud and these postal votes are out of control,” she said. “I have President Trump’s back. you want to know why? He has our back.
In a post on the rally’s social media sharing video, she said, “Republicans in Georgia are ENCOURAGED that Congress do our job. This is why I am delighted to join @RepMoBrooks in REJECTING electoral votes for states with massive voter fraud. We have @ realDonaldTrump’s back because he always had ours. #FightForTrump ”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly warned GOP lawmakers against challenging the results, fearing that an ongoing assault on the election could harm an already fractured Congress and Senate party control in game with the second round of Senate elections in Georgia.
Mr. Trump and his allies and the right-wing media continued to amplify plots and baseless allegations of widespread electoral fraud to undermine the election outcome, with dozens of lawsuits and court challenges in states he lost , most of which have been withdrawn or rejected, including twice by the United States Supreme Court.
The MP-elect will enter a democratically controlled house in January after arguing several times with her members – including posing with a gun next to pictures of progressive lawmakers, telling her supporters she will “end this slut “Nancy Pelosi” of Congress, “and this week calling a mask warrant on Capitol Hill an” oppressive violation of my rights. ”
“Congress DECIDES who wins the presidential election when we vote to certify electoral college votes on January 6,” she said on Twitter on Friday. “I will NOT certify a stolen election. ”
On December 14, the country’s 538 voters gathered in their respective states to vote for the president. Mr. Trump received 232 votes for President-elect Biden’s 306, clearing the 270 votes needed to declare a winner.
As stated in the Constitution, lawmakers meet for a joint session of Congress at 1 p.m. on January 6, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.
But even as the president’s staunchest supporters in Congress make the decision to reject the results, driven by an effort by Congressman Brooks that the president approved and his allies echoed on social media, the challenge will certainly fail.
A challenge would require a willing Republican Senator to back it up, as federal law says it must be co-signed by a member from each chamber. No senator has announced his or her support for this.
If this is the case, the joint session will pause to debate in both chambers, and both will have to agree to reject the votes for a challenge to be upheld. But the democratically controlled House would stifle any effort at this point.