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Ben Sasse: GOP senator slams Republicans who plan to delay certification of Joe Biden’s win


“#Having been in private conversation with two dozen of my colleagues over the past few weeks, it seems useful to explain in public why I will not be participating in a project to overturn the election — and why I have been urging my colleagues also to reject this dangerous ploy,” #Sasse, the #Republican senator from #Nebraska, wrote in a six-part #Facebook status late #Wednesday night.

#He added: “The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking — first the courts, then state legislatures, now the #Congress — to overturn the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. #If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. #But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of #Congress who will object to the #Electoral #College vote.”

The occasional critic of #President #Donald #Trump alleged in his post that his #Republican colleagues have entertained claims that the election was fraudulent out of fear of the political backlash from the #President’s base.

“#When we talk in private, I haven’t heard a single #Congressional #Republican allege that the election results were fraudulent — not one,” #Sasse wrote. “#Instead, I hear them talk about their worries about how they will ‘look’ to #President #Trump’s most ardent supporters.”

#Sasse’s posts come after #Missouri #Republican #Sen. #Josh #Hawley said #Wednesday he will object when #Congress counts the #Electoral #College votes next week, which will force lawmakers in both the #House and #Senate to vote on whether to accept #Biden’s victory.

#Hawley is the first senator to announce plans to object to the results, which is significant because both a #House member and senator are required to mount an objection when #Congress counts the #Electoral #College votes on #January 6.

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The objection will not change the outcome of the election, and will only delay the inevitable affirmation of #Biden’s victory in #November over #Trump. #Democrats will reject any objections in the #House, and multiple #Republican senators have argued against an objection that will provide a platform for #Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories claiming the election was stolen from him.

#In his #Facebook post, #Sasse attacked #Trump’s conspiracies — drawing on failed lawsuits by the #Trump campaign in #Pennsylvania, #Arizona, #Wisconsin and #Georgia — and wrote that the #President’s attempted lawsuits were a “fundraising strategy.”

#Sasse also noted that former #Attorney #General #William #Barr said there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the presidential election.

“#That’s not serious governing. #It’s swampy politics — and it shows very little respect for the sincere people in my state who are writing these checks,” #Sasse wrote.

#Sasse ended his lengthy explanation with a discussion on the responsibility he feels to protecting #America’s institutions at this moment in time.

“#Let’s be clear what is happening here: #We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. #But they’re wrong — and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions,” #Sasse wrote.

CNN’s #Jeremy #Herb, #Phil #Mattingly and #Lauren #Fox contributed to this report.



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