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GOP senator criticizes ‘ambitious politicians’ for ‘dangerous’ Electoral College ploy


#Its. #Ben #Sasse#Ben #SasseTrump’s final weeks create chaos for #Congress GOP senator on #Trump pardons: ‘#This is rotten to the core’ #No, #Biden hasn’t won yet — one more nightmare scenario MORE (R-Neb.) on #Thursday ripped an effort by fellow #Republicans to challenge the election results in #Congress next week, calling it a “dangerous ploy.”

“#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,” #Sasse wrote in an open letter to constituents.

“#But they’re wrong — and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. #Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government,” he added.

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#Sasse’s comments, which were posted to #Facebook, came a day after fellow GOP #Sen. #Josh #Hawley#Joshua (#Josh) #David #HawleyGOP lawmaker thinks 100 #Republicans could challenge #Electoral #College results #Here are the #Republicans planning to challenge the #Electoral #College results #Kemp dismisses #Trump’s call to resign as ‘a distraction’ MORE (#Mo.), viewed as a potential 2024 presidential contender, announced he would join #House #Republicans to challenge the #Electoral #College vote on #Jan. 6, ensuring #Congress will have to debate and vote on challenges to the results that showed #President-elect #Joe #Biden#Joe #BidenTrump to cut #Florida trip short, return to #Washington on #Thursday #Intel vice chair says government agency cyber attack ‘may have started earlier’ #Trump administration declassifies unconfirmed intelligence on #China bounties on US forces in #Afghanistan: report MORE defeated #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpTrump to cut #Florida trip short, return to #Washington on #Thursday #Intel vice chair says government agency cyber attack ‘may have started earlier’ #Secret #Service making changes to presidential detail amid concerns current members are aligned with #Trump: report MORE.

“#All the clever arguments and rhetorical gymnastics in the world won’t change the fact that this #January 6th effort is designed to disenfranchise millions of #Americans simply because they voted for someone in a different party,” #Sasse wrote.

The #Nebraska #Republican did not mention #Hawley or any other GOP senator by name. #But he noted that he’s had conversations with colleagues for weeks about the effort by congressional #Republicans to try to overturn the election results.

#Sasse said #Thursday he had been urging his colleagues to “reject this dangerous ploy” and that there was no basis for #Congress to use next week’s joint session to reject the #Electoral #College votes.

“#We have good reason to think this year’s election was fair, secure, and law-abiding. #That’s not to say it was flawless. #But there is no evidentiary basis for distrusting our elections altogether, or for concluding that the results do not reflect the ballots that our fellow citizens actually cast,” #Sasse wrote in the letter.

#Next week’s challenge to #Electoral #College votes will be the third time #Congress has had to debate an objection since 1887, according to the #Congressional #Research #Service. The other two times, in 1969 and 2005, were ultimately unsuccessful in changing the results of the election and the objections by lawmakers were rejected.

#Successfully objecting to the election results requires a majority vote in both chambers, meaning the the current effort is also guaranteed to fail. #But it could put vulnerable GOP incumbents up for reelection in 2022 and 2024 #White #House hopefuls in a political pressure cooker by forcing them to choose between #Trump or potentially providing future primary fodder.

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#Trump and some of his closest allies have spent the weeks since the #Nov. 3 election making unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and that the election was “rigged” — arguments that have been set aside or dismissed in dozens of court challenges and rejected by election experts.

#Sasse, in his letter, argued that #Trump and his allies were engaging in “a fundraising strategy” instead of putting forth a legal argument.

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





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