A growing number of House Republicans now back the effort to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election when Congress meets to certify Electoral College results on January 6.
The latest GOP Congressman to join the effort is Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who became America’s youngest Congressman since 1965, and seen as a rising star in the Republican party after beating Trump’s nominee Lynda Bennett
He also encouraged other Republicans to challenge the results in a viral video message.
“I have a message for all other Republicans across the country,” Cawthorn said. “If you are not on the record calling for fair, free and just elections now and in the future, I will come to your district and I will fund a primary opponent against you.”
“Not doing this to help my career in Washington, in fact this will most likely harm it. But no one should go to Washington as a career. Go there to serve the people. And on behalf of the people I am contesting this election based on constitutional violations by key states,” the youngest GOP lawmaker tweeted.
President Trump has encouraged the effort, and a number of House republicans have said they will join the effort first started by Rep. Brooks.
Over a dozen lawmakers led by Brooks met with Trump on Monday to discuss objecting to the certification of Biden’s victory.
They included Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), who said on Twitter that he would lead an objection to Georgia’s electors.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said on Monday that he would object to the results if Congress does not investigate voter fraud by Jan. 6, and wrote a letter to congressional leadership demanding action.
Roughly 20 other Republicans signed on to Babin’s letter.
Meanwhile, Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) tweeted on Tuesday that he plans to object to the results, saying “#WethePeople will keep fighting for @realDonaldTrump.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has asked senators not to join the efforts, and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said on Monday that it would “go down like a shot dog.”
If no senator joins Brooks, there will not be a vote and debate in either chamber. But it’s unclear whether Brooks will get one senator to back his effort.
Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ga.) has suggested that he will back it.