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Republican Tears Into Josh Hawley for Opposing Biden Win Certification


#Republican #Representative #Denver #Riggleman of #Virginia called #Missouri GOP #Senator #Josh #Hawley’s decision to challenge the results of the #Electoral #College vote “horrific” during a #Monday appearance on MSNBC.

#President-elect #Joe #Biden won both the popular and electoral votes in the #November election. #But #President #Donald #Trump has baselessly alleged that widespread election fraud caused #Biden’s win, and has encouraged #Republicans in #Congress to challenge the official count of the electoral votes, which would confirm #Biden’s win. #Hawley is the first #Senator to announce that he would challenge the vote. #Riggleman said #Wednesday that #Republicans who chose to join #Hawley’s efforts could be doing it for political reasons.

“#Politically for them it might be great for their base, for their fundraising, for things like that but, nationally, it’s horrific,” #Riggleman told MSNBC. “I find it amazing that right now we have #Republicans that are actually objecting to #Federalism and wanting sort of this overthrow or this sort of ‘let’s throw out the electoral voters, let’s ignore the states, we’ve already litigated this and let’s move forward.’ #And the only thing I can say is it’s nuts.”

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#Riggleman implied that #Hawley decided to go along with the electoral vote challenge because he “must have talked to some individuals who thought that his fundraising could go much higher if he were to do something like this.”

#Newsweek reached out to #Hawley’s office for comment.

#Missouri #Republican #Senator #Josh #Hawley became the first GOP senator to announce that he would challenge #President-elect #Joe #Biden’s win in the #Electoral #College in #January.
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#In a statement released on #Wednesday, #Hawley said he could not “vote to certify the electoral college on #January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly #Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.” #Hawley also said that corporations including #Facebook and #Twitter interfered in the #November election to favor #Biden.

“#At the very least, #Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections,” #Hawley added. “#But #Congress has so far failed to act.”

#Democrats have strongly denounced #Hawley’s decision. #In a #Wednesday appearance on CNN, #Maryland #Democrat #Senator #Chris #Van #Hollen described #Hawley’s choice as “grossly irresponsible.”

#Van #Hollen said #Hawley was “going and undermining even more public confidence in our democratic process, siding with the false #Trump narrative that somehow the election was, you know, fraudulently won by #Joe #Biden and what he’s done now is throw this up for a vote in the #House and the #Senate.”

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#Republicans challenging the electoral vote are unlikely to overturn the election in #Trump’s favor. #If a challenge is submitted, lawmakers can take up to two hours to debate the objection while the vote count is delayed. #After reconvening, #Congress would vote on whether to allow the contested results to be counted. #Both the #House and the #Senate must agree on the final decision.

#Objecting to the congressional electoral vote count could be one of #Trump’s final avenues to retaining the presidency. #However, members of #Trump’s legal team have pledged to continue filing lawsuits on his behalf until #Inauguration #Day.

#In a statement issued in #December, #Trump’s personal attorney #Rudy #Giuliani and legal adviser #Jenna #Ellis said they would “continue to champion election integrity until legal vote is counted fairly and accurately.”



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