Because I’ve been having private conversations with two dozen of my colleagues over the past few weeks, it seems reasonable to explain publicly why I’m not taking part in the election project for contradiction – and why I’m urging my colleagues to reject this dangerous arrangement as well, wrote Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska, in a six-part Facebook post late Wednesday night.
He went on to say: The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have asked – first the courts, then the state legislators, now Congress – to annul the results of the presidential elections. They unsuccessfully appealed to the judges and are now urging the federal government to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you’re gonna make big statements, you better have proof. But the president will not vote, nor will the institutional warmongers in Congress, who will oppose the electoral college.
Presidential critic Donald Trump has sometimes asserted in his office that his Republican colleagues, fearing political resistance from the president, claimed that the elections had been rigged.
In private, I haven’t heard a single Republican in Congress claim that the election results were manipulated — not one, Sasse wrote. Instead, I hear them talking about their fears about how they are going to present themselves to President Trump’s strongest supporters.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri said Wednesday that he will oppose Biden’s victory when Congress next week counts the votes of the Electoral Council, prompting House and Senate legislators to vote on or approve Biden’s victory.
Hawley is the first senator to announce that he intends to reverse the results, which is important because both the House and the senator will have to make a protest when Congress considers the electoral college vote in 6th place. January counts.
The call will not change the outcome of the elections, but will only delay the inevitable confirmation of Biden’s victory over Trump in November. Democrats would reject an appeal in the House of Representatives, and many Republican senators oppose the appeal, which would serve as a platform for Trump’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that the election was stolen from him.
In his Facebook post, Sasse attacked Trump’s plans – referring to the failed Trump campaign lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia – and wrote that the president’s attempts to press charges were a fundraising strategy.
Sasse also noted that former attorney general William Barr said there was no evidence of massive fraud in the presidential election.
This is not serious management. This is a policy that is inadequate and shows little respect for the honest people in my state who write these cheques, Sasse wrote.
Sasse ended his long statement with a discussion about the responsibility he feels to protect the American institutions at this time.
Let’s be clear about what’s going on here: We have a group of ambitious politicians who think there is a quick way to infiltrate the president’s populist base without doing any real long-term damage. But they’re wrong… and this issue is more important than anyone’s personal ambitions, Sasse wrote.
Jeremy Herb, Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox of CNN contributed to this report.