With, of course, Ted Cruz leading the effort, and noted Moron-Americans like Ron Johnson and Tommy Tuberville along for the ride:
Eleven Republican senators and senators-elect said on Saturday that they would vote to reject President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory next week when Congress meets to formally certify it, defying the results of a free and fair election to indulge President Trump’s futile attempts to remain in power with false claims of voting fraud.
The group is led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and also includes Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Braun of Indiana, and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.
Together with Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who announced this week that he would object to Congress’s certification of the election results, they bring to nearly one quarter the proportion of Senate Republicans who have broken with their leaders to join the effort to invalidate Mr. Biden’s victory. In the House, more than half of Republicans joined a failed lawsuit seeking to overturn the will of the voters, and more are expected to support the effort to challenge the results in Congress next week.
And just to remove any question about what they’re up to, Cruz cites the infamous 1877 commission that handed the election to the popular vote loser (to the highly limited extent that this is a meaningful concept in an election rife with white supremacist violence) in exchange for ending Reconstruction and allowing the former Confederacy to establish itself as authoritarian apartheid states:
Here’s the full letter from 11 GOP senators objecting to the Jan 6th Electoral College certification: Cruz, Johnson, Lankford, Daines, Kennedy, Blackburn, Braun, Senators-Elect Lummis, Marshall, Hagerty, Tuberville pic.twitter.com/sJYh5uZODo— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) January 2, 2021
The theory of Hawley, Cruz, et al. is that urban voters, disproportionately voters of color, must be disenfranchised so that white rural voters whose candidate lost don’t feel disenfranchised. That’s it, and it’s Jim Crow logic in its purest form. It’s also telling that this hasn’t diminished the ardor of Hawley’s fan club on the “left” at all:
Josh Hawley is a smarmy, compulsively dishonest Ivy League-educated prick whose voting record is a little to the left of John Barrasso and a little to the right of Joni Ernst pic.twitter.com/M4VYbwodL4— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) January 2, 2021