Just In: Several GOP Senators Turn Their Back On Trump Over Election Challenge

Several Republican Senators including members of the upper chamber’s leaders said they would not support Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville if he joined Republican members of the House in contesting the 2020 election on January 6.

Tuberville hinted that he would support Rep. Mo Brooks and other Republicans to challenge the Electoral College votes of several key states on Jan. 6 when the Joint Session of Congress meets. The move requires one House lawmaker and one Senator to carry out, and it requires the 1877 Electoral Count Act.

If Brooks and Tuberville work to oppose the vote, both chambers of Congress would hold a debate and vote on whether to deny or approve the objection.

From The Epoch Times:

Senate Republicans, including Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), have said the move would fail. Thune last week told reporters that the challenge “would go down like a shot dog.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also reportedly called on senators not to partake in the challenge.

“Ultimately every senator will have to make their own decision about that but I think there will be people, yeah, reaching out him just to kind of find out what he’s going to do,” Thune said over the weekend about Tuberville, reported The Hill.

“If nothing else, we need to kind of know the plan,” he said. “We’ll see. He’s made some public statements,” he added. “I’m hoping in the end that all senators will conclude that this election needs to be over with and it’s time to move on.”

Another Republican, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), said the other GOP lawmakers’ bid to challenge the votes is an improbable one.

“It’s basically going through the motions,” Cornyn said of objecting on Jan. 6, according to the news outlet. “It’s a futile exercise.”

Trump said that he spoke with Sen. Tuberville on Dec 19.

“I spoke to a great gentleman, Tommy Tuberville, last night,” Trump said on “Uncovering the Truth.” Trump added: “And he is so excited. He said, ‘You made me the most popular politician in the United States.’ He said, ‘I can’t believe it.’ He’s great. Great senator.”