Oh the conspiracy theorists and those who hate them are going to have a flippin’ field day next week after the Georgia Senate runoff, and following Trump’s planned rally Wednesday, because early reports are a whole lot of Republican members of the House — and now at least one Republican Senator — are going to challenge the electors sent by states where widespread fraud has been alleged to have occurred.
At least 140 House Republicans are planning to vote against counting electoral votes that would certify the election for President-elect Joe Biden, two Republican congressmen told CNN.
Trump and his campaign alongside Republican allies in Congress have spent nearly two months working to dispute the election results and make baseless claims of fraud.
Last week, Rep. Mo Brooks and several other conservative members of the House met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the claims of fraud and said they were confident members of both the House and Senate would vote to debate the legitimacy of the votes.
House GOP members needed at least one member of the Senate to get on board and last week, despite warnings from Republican House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) not to get involved, GOP Senator Josh Hawley (MO) released a statement indicating he planned on challenging some states’ electors, Pennsylvania specifically.
So, this will force a two-hour debate in both chambers and then a vote. Something that critics of the move say is the very reason the challenge is pyrrhic — because the vote is not likely to fall the way the challengers want.
But this is our government at work, folks. And there has been enough concern on the part of Americans who had a hand in the elections — and now the general public as they’ve been reading about those concerns — that to not have the challenge would be a punch in the eye to voters in this country, on both sides of the aisle.
So bring it on.
At the very least, it may reveal heretofore unknown evidence to legislators and they’ll be forced to contend with it and decide if they think it has merit. And that, friends, is their job.
I talk about all that on today’s show (recorded a few days ago), as well as review two absolutely delightful films, “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “Soul” (both trailers below). Need a little joy to start 2021 off right? They both do the trick.
There’s also some stuff about David Cross, Section 230, and censorship if you’re interested. Just press play.