Coming into this week, many Americans understood that we were coming to the end of the line in regard to President Trump’s chances at disqualifying the results of the 2020 election. The Commander in Chief would have only Wednesday’s electoral college certification count in Congress to make something, anything, happen.
There is no clear cut path to victory yet, however, as the process of objecting to the electoral college’s results will only guarantee a debate on the floor of the chamber for a duration of two hours.
Also, despite President Trump’s insistence, there appears to be no way to confirm that Vice President Mike Pence would somehow have the power to veto the will of the people by casting aside the electoral votes. Our Constitution certainly didn’t provide him that power, and there isn’t likely a case to be made that the Constitution didn’t not provide him the powers, either.
And, as recently as yesterday, there didn’t seem to be much of a plan from the Senators who’ve declared that they’d be objecting to the results.
Ted Cruz is dropping a few details on Tuesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will object to Arizona’s Electoral College results Wednesday, making it the third state Senate Republicans are expected to challenge.
Cruz’s planned challenge, confirmed to The Hill by a source familiar, is expected to be backed by several of the 10 GOP senators who signed on to a plan vowing to support objections to the election results.
Because Congress votes on Electoral College results alphabetically by state, Cruz’s objection is expected to be one of the first and, according to the source, will focus on his request for a commission to review the presidential election rather than arguing for setting aside the state’s election results.
At least two states besides Arizona are so far expected to see challenges from Senate Republicans to their Electoral College votes when Congress convenes its joint session to formally count the results.
Adding to the uncertainty are the droves of MAGA Republicans who’ve traveled to Washington DC to be present during the process, with crowds in the tens-of-thousands expected. Should things not go their way, and with known agitators looking to create confusion and chaos in the crowd, The Beltway could be in for a bumpy hump day.
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