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Barbara Boxer, the Democrat’s Josh Hawley of 2005, Calls GOP a Dictatorship


#Former #Democratic #Senator #Barbara #Boxer of #California called the #Republican party a “dictatorship” after #Senator #Josh #Hawley #Missouri announced that he would object to #President-elect #Joe #Biden’s certification in #Congress, despite having made a similar move herself following the 2004 election.

#Boxer objected to the certification of former #President #George W. #Bush’s 2004 win in #Ohio, joining with former #Ohio U.S. #Rep. #Stephanie #Tubbs #Jones to initiate the second-ever debate that #Congress has held over the certification of #Electoral #College votes. The challenge failed by a vote of 74 to 1 in the #Senate, and 267 to 31 in the #House.

#In a #Wednesday night tweet, #Boxer said that was “alarming” that the “#Democratic party is now the democracy party and the GOP is now the #Trump dictatorship party,” before calling on #Georgia voters to help to tip the #Senate balance of power away from #Republicans by voting for #Democratic challengers #Raphael #Warnock and #Jon #Ossoff in next week’s runoff elections.

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#Former #Senator #Barbara #Boxer (D-Calif.) speaks during an EMILY’s #List event in #Los #Angeles, #California on #February 27, 2018.
#Rachel #Murray/Getty #Images for EMILY’s #List/Getty

#Earlier on #Wednesday, #Hawley announced that he would be objecting to #Biden’s certification on behalf of “millions of voters concerned about election integrity,” likely referring those who support #President #Donald #Trump’s unverified claims of widespread voter fraud.

“#Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, #Democrats in #Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity,” #Hawley said in a statement. “They were praised by #Democratic leadership and the media when they did. #And they were entitled to do so. #But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”

#Some members of the #House did object to #Trump’s 2016 win, but none of the objections moved forward into debate because the challenges lacked the critical element of a senator agreeing to join with the challenge. #Biden himself, presiding over the #Senate as vice president, shut down the challenges from #Democrats.

#Boxer’s early 2005 objection was only the second challenge to move into a debate, with the first instance occurring in 1877. #If #Hawley follows through with his promise, the third-ever debate, which will last two hours, would occur in 2021.

#Challenges to #Biden’s certification will likely to end in a manner similar to #Boxer’s attempt to dispute #Bush’s victory. #Any objections made by a #Senator and #House member will be debated in each chamber of #Congress and put to a vote, with both having to vote in favor of the objection for it to stand.

#It is very unlikely that an objection would be upheld by the #Democrat-controlled #House. The #Senate is so expected to vote down any challenge, despite currently having a slim majority of #Republicans, since multiple GOP #Senators have already indicated that they will not oblige and have congratulated the president-elect.

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



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