On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell purportedly urged GOP senators to avoid objecting electoral votes once the Congress counts them next month.
McConnell has since recognized Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the president-elect and vice president-elect, and reportedly advised his colleagues that objecting “isn’t in the best interest of everybody.”
According to The Hill, the Senate majority leader warned that GOP senators who signed in a House Republican objection to state’s electoral votes would force the Senate to debate and vote, thus, putting other GOP senators in a bad light.
Rules Committee Chairman Sen. Roy Blunt and Republican Whip Sen. John Thune echoed McConnell’s call. However, no one among the GOP senators has particularly voiced an objection to the results thus far.
The outlet also reported Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said, “I think that there was encouragement on the phone for us to accept the result, as much as it’s not what we, you know, would have envisioned for the next four years, and to try to do what’s best for American people, which is to look forward.”
Likewise, Sen. John Barrasso said that there are yet confirmations on any GOP senators to reject the result of the electoral vote.
On Monday, Republican electors in battleground states cast alternate slates of electoral votes to keep President Trump’s legal challenges afloat, especially when there would be a Congress challenge.
Rep. Mo Brooks expressed plans to object to January 6 electoral vote count. However, he would need a GOP senator to join him for the challenge to be more effective.
“Well, it’s happened many times in the past,” said Brooks in a Monday interview with Fox News Business’s Lou Dobbs Tonight.
“Apparently, some folks have not done their history,” said the congressman, citing a 2017 event when the House Democrats tried to strike Alabama and Georgia votes for President Trump.
“Barbara Boxer tried to strike Ohio for George Bush back in 2005, so this is not unusual,” he continued. “The law is apparent,” Brooks commented. He said that the House of Representatives and the US Senate have the power to accept or reject Electoral College vote submissions from the states having flawed election systems “not worthy of our trust.”