President Donald Trump continues to pursue another term in office despite losing to President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election by 74 electoral votes—a "massive landslide victory" by Trump's standards.
Though all of Trump's efforts to overturn the election through litigation and pressure on state legislatures have failed, some Republicans in Congress have vowed to back the President on January 6, when Vice President Mike Pence will oversee a joint congressional session to announce the electoral college votes for certification by the House and Senate.
Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) and other pro-Trump representatives have announced they'll challenge certification, and on Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said he would back this objection from the Senate—a move that will bring the election results to a two hour debate.
Like the rest of Trump and his allies' efforts to overturn the election, the stunt will almost certainly fail thanks to the Democrat-majority House. Nevertheless, Americans across the country are stunned that a United States Congress will be debating whether to acknowledge the results of an election hailed by Trump's own officials as "the most secure in American history."
Though an unignorable faction of Republican lawmakers are siding with Trump, one Republican Senator rebuked his colleagues for amplifying the delusion that Democrats orchestrated widespread voter fraud to tip the election to Biden.
In a late-night Facebook post, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) warned Republicans they were "playing with fire" in their "dangerous ploy" to dismiss the Electoral College votes of swing states won by Biden.
Sasse systematically debunked the bogus claims of widespread election fraud, pointing to the number of court cases lost by Trump and his allies and the numerous investigations that found no fraud significant enough to change the outcome of the election.
He went on to write:
"Let's be clear what is happening here: We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there's a quick way to tap into the president's populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. But they're wrong – and this issue is bigger than anyone's personal ambitions. Adults don't point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government."
Some of Trump's critics commended Sasse for his rebuke.
Others felt that Sasse's post focused too much on admonishing "both sides," rather than the party that's actively trying to subvert the will of the American people.
Congress will soon certify Biden's victory, but the objections from Republican lawmakers are almost certain to draw out the process.