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GOP Congressman Plans to Challenge Electoral College Vote When Congress Meets to Certify Election

GOP Congressman Plans to Challenge Electoral College Vote When Congress Meets to Certify Election
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President Donald Trump remains adamant in his denial of the reality that President-elect Joe Biden defeated him in the 2020 presidential election.

The outgoing President's campaign has deployed multiple lawsuits (losing 39 of 40 cases) and pressured Republican-led legislatures in swing states to overturn the results. This is all in addition to the President's weeks-long stream of lies about widespread voter fraud tipping the race to Biden.

With these efforts failing, Trump-loyal Republican lawmakers are scrambling to see another four years of the Trump era become reality.

On December 14, electors from all 50 states are set to meet and cast electoral votes for presidential candidates based on their state's election results. Biden is slated to receive 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 vote majority required to take the White House.

On January 6, Vice President Mike Pence will oversee a joint session of the 117th Congress where he'll read the electoral votes aloud. If there are no objections, the election is certified nationally. If one member of the Senate and one member of the House objects, the results will go into deliberation that is all but certain not to overturn the results.

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) confirmed to Politico that he plans to voice dissent against the results, saying:

"In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress's certification should reflect that. This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures."

He went on to say that he's discussed joining forces with other Trump-loyal Republicans in the Senate to force a deliberation.

Twitter users largely dismissed the futile effort as a way for Brooks to further ingratiate Trump and his base.

It hasn't done much to help Brooks' reputation.

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th.