Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ripped his fellow Republicans for challenging the election results. He called the effort “anti-democratic and anti-conservative.”
In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Ryan wrote:
“Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republic,” Ryan wrote. “It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of a state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans.”
Ryan said President Trump’s campaign had “ample opportunity” to challenge election results — Trump and his allies lost nearly 50 lawsuits over the past two months.
“If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative,” Ryan said. “But Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.
Ryan’s statement comes as the President is heard on tape pleading with Georgia’s election chief to overturn President-elect Biden’s win in the state, suggesting in a telephone call that the official “find” enough votes to hand Trump the victory.
A group of Republican senators, including Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, say they plan on objecting to the Electoral College results during a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.