The filibuster is another way Republicans turn reality and democracy and their heads to install a tyranny of the minority.
There are more Democrats than there are Republicans. This is not only borne out in the number of registered voters. Democrats have consistently won presidential elections by wide margins.
The thing that has allowed Republicans to take office despite losing popular votes is the electoral college. There have been frequent calls for Democrats to abolish the practice. The GOP, unsurprisingly, is against this.
Thomas Massie, a Republican congressman from Kentucky, is leading a small group of GOP lawmakers asking asking their colleagues to end their attempts at overturning the election. If they don’t, the group said in a statement, it could destroy the Electoral College.
The congresspeople advised, “To take action otherwise – that is, to unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process – would amount to stealing power from the people and the states. It would, in effect, replace the electoral college with Congress, and in so doing strengthen the efforts of those on the left who are determined to eliminate it or render it irrelevant.”
The statement continued:
“From a purely partisan perspective, Republican presidential candidates have won the national popular vote only once in the last 32 years. They have therefore depended on the electoral college for nearly all presidential victories in the last generation. If we perpetuate the notion that Congress may disregard certified electoral votes — based solely on its own assessment that one or more states mishandled the presidential election — we will be delegitimizing the very system that led Donald Trump to victory in 2016, and that could provide the only path to victory in 2024.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after the electoral college certified the results of the 2020 presidential election, marking the first time that he has acknowledged his victory.
“The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years,” McConnell said.
You can listen to his remarks below.
“As of this morning our country has officially a President-elect and a Vice President-elect.”⁰
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “the Electoral College has spoken,” and congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their 2020 Election win pic.twitter.com/TcYruQ1Je5
Ironically, Fox News made the most impactful media call of the presidential race when they called Arizona for Joe Biden on election night. This thwarted Donald Trump’s hopes of falsely claiming victory on election night.
And while it has been a long couple of weeks, it seems that all of the network’s stars are willing to acknowledge that Biden will be president. And there is a clear pivot now to attacking the president-elect and his family.
Upon the resignation of William Barr, the Fox Business host is now calling for an investigation into the Biden family. Dobbs discussed the matter with Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton.
Referring to Barr’s replacement, Jeff Rosen, Fitton said, “Rosen is Barr’s hire. We’re not going to get anything different from the acting Attorney General.”
Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family…
When Joe Biden was called the winner of the election by the major news networks, a few Republicans were willing to publicly congratulate him. Most of these senators have had their issues with Trump like Nebraska’s Ben Sasse and Utah’s Mitt Romney.
When asked about Biden’s win by reporters, most other GOP senators demurred. Trump has the ability to challenge the results, they said, and that process has yet to be exhausted.
On Monday, though, the Electoral College voted to confirm Biden as the winner. And this is seen by many as a nail in the coffin for any future Trump hopes of challenging the election.
Some were predicting that the confirmation would allow for more Republican lawmakers to come out and accept Biden’s win. South Dakota’s John Thune took that opportunity while speaking with Manu Raju.
As the Senate Whip, Thune is the 2nd ranking member of the Senate. Thune told the CNN reporter that Biden became the president elect once he passed the 270 electoral vote threshold.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune said that Joe Biden is president-elect once he crosses 270 electoral votes and says efforts to challenge the results in Congress is “not going anywhere.” He said “it’s time for everybody to move on” after today.
Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, a Republican, has informed Governor Ron DeSantis that he will miss today’s Electoral College vote in the state after testing positive for Covid-19.
“In advance of the Electoral College meeting scheduled for this afternoon, last night I tested for COVID-19, and my test came back positive,” Simpson wrote in a letter addressed to the governor.
“As a result of this positive test, it is with great regret that I inform you I will not be able to attend today’s meeting of Florida’s Presidential Electors,” he continues. “It was a great honor to be selected to serve our state in this historic capacity, and I was very much looking forward to casting my vote for President Trump and Vice President Pence.”
#Florida Senate President @WiltonSimpson, a Republican presidential elector, has tested positive for COVID & won’t be attending today’s #ElectoralCollege meeting in Tallahassee, he’s informing @GovRonDeSantis pic.twitter.com/0GECQH6fpN
The Michigan legislature has pulled GOP member
Representative Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Township) from his committee assignments after he hinted he was “part of a group that sought to disrupt or otherwise undermine the Electoral College vote slated to happen at the Capitol this afternoon,” according to The Detroit Free Press.
Presidential adviser Stephen Miller claims “an alternative” group of electors will vote to certify President Donald Trump as the winner of the 2020 election on the morning ahead of the electoral college vote that will certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.
“The only date in the Constitution is January 20, so we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election,” Miller said.
“As we speak, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we are going to send those results to Congress,” he added.
You can listen to Miller in the video below.
Stephen Miller on Fox & Friends says "an alternative" group of electors is also voting today:
"As we speak, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we are going to send those results to Congress."pic.twitter.com/5kIkfsbOFw
Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. And next week, that actuality will be confirmed by the electoral college. The group will be certifying the results on December 14th.
Once that occurs, a number of GOP lawmakers who have been reticent to name Biden the victor could be willing to change their tune. Ohio congressman Jim Jordan, though, will not be among them. On Monday, the Trump loyalist said that there is no way Trump should consider conceding the election.
“No. No way, no way, no way,” Jordan told CNN’s Manu Raju. “We should still try to figure out exactly what took place here. And as I said that includes, I think, debates on the House floor — potentially on Jan. 6.”
The Ohio lawmaker continued to dabble in conspiracy theories. “I know we have members who feel that way, feel very strongly about we should be debating what took place in Pennsylvania. But, you know, you had all kinds of crazy things happening in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, all these in Nevada. … So everything you look at doesn’t make sense.”
Asked if Trump should concede once electors vote on Dec. 14, Jim Jordan said: "No. No way, no way, no way."
"We should still try to figure out exactly what took place here.” Conservative Rs press for floor fight, tho it stands little chance of succeeding https://t.co/fAgbMqM1Hr
Appearing on “Fox and Friends,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany falsely claimed that it would be “constitutionally accurate” for Republican legislatures to appoint electors who would certify the results of the 2020 general election for President Donald Trump despite his loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
“It’s hard for the average person to keep track of all the lawsuits, affidavits, and complaints you’re filing,” said co-host Steve Doocy, pointing to a Wall Street Journal article detailing the Trump campaign’s attempts to secure court orders that would delay the official electoral college vote, which is scheduled for December 14, and a plan to appoint pro-Trump electors. “How seriously is the campaign considering that?”
“Well, constitutionally that is an accurate argument,” McEnany replied. “It is the state legislatures that choose the electors. But right now they’re zeroed in completely on litigation.”
You can listen to McEnany’s remarks in the video below.
Steve Doocy asks Kayleigh McEnany how seriously the Trump campaign is considering pressuring GOP legislatures to appoint Trump electors and steal the election from Biden. She just responds that it's 'constitutionally accurate' but they're focused on (frivolous) litigation now. pic.twitter.com/zi2v8Vd9HQ
If the legislation becomes law, it stands to reason that Trump won't be allowed on the California ballot in the 2020 presidential election.
Note to Trump: The election was more than four months ago.
"Talking Points believes this is all about race. The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with"
He can claim he would have campaigned differently if there were no electoral college but then so would have Hillary Clinton.
A new Morning Consult/Politico poll has found that a plurality of the American people agree with Democrats and want to replace the Electoral College with the popular vote.
Buried in a Colorado appeals court decision was a slim but possible path for Electoral College electors to reject Donald Trump.
A group of Electoral College electors sent a letter Director of National Intelligence James Clapper demanding an intelligence briefing on Russia's interference with the 2016 election before they vote on December 19.
Washington state electors have filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a state law that forces them to vote for the winner of the state's popular vote. The Washington suit is part of a broader effort to unbound electors so that they are free not to vote for Donald Trump.
By claiming that he is too smart for presidential daily briefings during an interview with Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump showed that he intends to violate his oath office. Trump's refusal to protect and defend the United States gave the Electoral College more than enough reason to reject his candidacy.
Progressive groups are planning a wave of nationwide demonstrations and protests to convince Electoral College to dump Donald Trump. At worst, the groups hope to highlight the that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and that Trump's victory was made possible by massive voter suppression.