Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is under fire from the right after warning Republican senators not to join a floor-fight to challenge the electoral votes in several key swing states when Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to officially tally the votes from the Electoral College.
It didn’t help McConnell’s cause that he congratulated Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday after saying the Electoral College “has spoken” — referring to Biden as the president-elect: “Today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The President-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years.”
The warning to the GOP senators was seen by many as failing to support President Trump amid serious concerns about voter fraud, but McConnell may be looking big picture in the sense of control of the Senate.
With the balance of the upper chamber hanging on the outcome of next month’s run-off elections in Georgia, where two Senate seats are up for grabs, the Associated Press reported that McConnell is “fending off a messy fight that could damage Republicans” because they would have to either back Trump or publicly buck him.
In a private call, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned GOP senators not to join a floor fight to support President Trump’s extended assault on the election. Congress convenes Jan. 6 to confirm the Electoral College's choice of Joe Biden. https://t.co/nXihv4Y74b
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 16, 2020
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., has vowed to “object to the submissions of Electoral College votes from various states that, in my judgment, have such flawed election systems that their vote-counts are unworthy of our ratification in the United States Congress.”
The states in question are Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Wisconsin, and Brooks said he needs a member of the Senate to join him to force a floor vote on “whether to accept this systematically-flawed election system or to reject it.”
“I’m quite confident that if we only counted lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens, Donald Trump won the electoral college,” Brooks said. “And we should not be counting illegal votes and putting in an illegitimate president of the United States.”
Republican Senator Ron Johnson announced Tuesday that the Senate Homeland Security Committee would be holding a full hearing on election irregularities Wednesday due to public distrust over the process.
President Trump responded to a Daily Mail article on criticism of McConnell to say: “Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!”
As for McConnell’s motivations, independent journalist Kyle Becker offered his take on one possibility, while reminding followers that the Senate leader “killed a voting security act that would have hammered Dominion, after receiving *thousands* from the foreign company’s lobbyists.”
FLASHBACK: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell squashed two bills intended to ensure voting security…”
McConnell killed a voting security act that would have hammered Dominion, after receiving *thousands* from the foreign company’s lobbyists.🤔🔻https://t.co/MmedjAojM7 pic.twitter.com/cRoegIhlI7
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) December 15, 2020
It is a stretch to think that McConnell would sell-out so cheaply, and keeping in mind that the PAVE Act was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, the radical Oregon Democrat, there may be good reason for killing it.
Nonetheless, the criticism of McConnell was intense, beginning with Fox News host Mark Levin.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
2. Trump helped you secure your seat, as he did so man Senate and House seats, and you couldn’t even wait until January 6th. You’ve been the GOP “leader” in the Senate for far too long. It’s time for some fresh thinking and new blood.https://t.co/ucaa2cmmcQ
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 15, 2020
This sorry character so quickly tossed the TRUE President under the bus today!
People like McConnell only care about themselves! All their relationships are of convenience!
But, Mitch Congratulating China Joe today was too much foe me!
How about, You?
Think about it & retweet. pic.twitter.com/aEzuntumjp
— Daniel F. Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) December 15, 2020
Good luck to backstabbing Mitch McConnell and the spineless Republican Party going forward without Trump voters.
They obviously think they can do this without us.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) December 16, 2020
.@Senatemajldr caves to the mob, refuses to wait for the final January 6th #ElectoralCollege count.
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WATCH #AMERICAFirst HERE: https://t.co/VY6UOBogUB pic.twitter.com/07mPG1vTiu
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) December 15, 2020
McConnell is a traitor and a RINO https://t.co/RvpQkLSx8F
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) December 15, 2020
Does this headline make you want to fight to keep Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader? https://t.co/RYnEcf73Gw
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) December 15, 2020
Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr is NOT a Patriot. Ask his wife. She knows.
McConnell just wants power, influence, & money. He is willing to sell America to get what he wants. McConnell is a traitor to American Patriots.
His day of judgment is coming. https://t.co/d0ECDfk5Tk
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 15, 2020
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