White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Saturday evening that the GOP now has “well over 100 House members” and “a dozen senators” slated to stand up for election integrity and object to the certification of the election on January 6 — a remark that followed the joint-statement released by several Republican senators who, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), announced that they will reject the electors from disputed states.
“We’re now at well over 100 House members and a dozen Senators ready to stand up for election integrity and object to certification,” Meadows said Saturday evening,” adding that it is “time to fight back”:
We’re now at well over 100 House members and a dozen Senators ready to stand up for election integrity and object to certification.
It’s time to fight back.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) January 3, 2021
On Saturday, several GOP senators announced that they, too, will “reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.”
“The 2020 election, however, featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities,” they said.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes,” they added.
Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN), and Sens.-Elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) are joining Cruz in the effort. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also announced last week that he would object to Electoral College votes on January 6.
Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said Saturday that the vice president “welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people,” noting Pence “shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.”