US Congress Will Validate Biden’s Victory Despite Trump’s Efforts To Topple Her
The most agitated presidential transition of power in the history of the United States advances this Wednesday with the penultimate step of the convoluted American electoral system, the verification of the votes cast by the Electoral College, which gave the victory to the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, in a joint session of Congress.
The Electoral College, a body that indirectly elects the president through a block vote of chosen electors in each state, confirmed that Biden had won the election on December 14. The former vice president also obtained 306 votes compared to 232 for the current president, Donald Trump, well above the 270 needed to achieve the presidency of the United States.
However, Trump’s efforts to derail Biden’s victory since the November 3 presidential election have not ended and, this time, will materialize in the plans of several US parliamentarians to oppose the electoral result.
It is the latest challenge for the New York magnate, who has been busy denouncing an alleged “fraud” and electoral “theft” since the elections. His assertions have led him to start a judicial battle to undermine the victory of the Democratic candidate, although practically all the complaints and appeals presented so far in court have been dismissed.
Eleven Republican senators, led by Ted Cruz (Texas), announced on Saturday their intention to formally reject the election result if a 10-day audit was not carried out “to consider and resolve the disputed results.” In his view, the voters – who ultimately vote for the president of the United States – were not appointed in a “regular, legal and certified manner.” No audit has been launched.
The list of senators compiled by ABC News includes Senators Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), Mike Braun (Indiana), Steve Daines (Montana), Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Jim Jordan (Ohio) or James Lankford (Oklahoma). Trump has already thanked the legislators for the gesture through his Twitter account.
The latest to join this list has been Kelly Loeffler, whose seat as senator for Georgia defends this Tuesday in the second round of the Senate elections in this state, an electoral process on which all the attention is focused. If the Democrats win both seats, they will wrest control of the Upper House from the Republicans, a severe blow to the Conservatives.
The movement of these senators has also caused suspicion in the Republican ranks, which continues to increase. This Monday, Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven (North Dakota) and Shelly Moore Capito (Virginia) – states where Trump is very popular – indicated that they will not support challenging the results, underlining that the movement will fail even in the Senate , controlled by the Republicans, as reported by ‘The Hill’.
In addition, the eventual objection in Congress this Wednesday will have no effect on Biden’s victory, although it serves to place possible candidates for the midterm elections in 2022 and even for the presidential elections of 2024. The senator Cruz, who has fervently supported the allegations issued by Trump about the alleged fraud, is on the latter list.
Be that as it may, the objection to the electoral results, which is a constitutional requirement that has become a procedure, basically, will make the session longer and more controversial than normal, which also happened in the voting of the 538 voters of the Electoral College in December, another procedure without great importance.
The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. (local time) and the current president of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, will preside over the process. Even if objections fail, the typically short ceremony could turn into an event of hours or even days, according to NBC News.
The vice president must open the sealed certificates of the states in alphabetical order and must deliver them to one of the four ‘tellers’, a Republican and a Democrat from each chamber that makes up the US Congress, who review the certificates and announce the votes of the states . The process continues until all votes are announced and counted, unless there is a recognized objection.
For an objection to be recognized, it must be a written document signed by at least one member of the House of Representatives and one of the Senate. If the objection is heeded, the recount stops, the cameras split, and they can debate it for two hours. Afterwards, a vote is taken on whether to support the objection and reject the votes of the state.
For the vote of a state to be overruled, something that has not happened since the law that regulates the electoral recount in the United States was passed more than 130 years ago, the majority of both houses must vote in favor. If one chamber votes to reject the state’s votes and the other does not, the objection is rejected.
Thus, and based on the regulations, the rejection of the Republican senators to Biden’s victory will mean nothing and the session will end with the certification of the electoral results, since the Democrats control the House of Representatives.
This would be enough, but the Senate is not likely to vote in favor of the objections, precisely because several Republicans hold positions against this movement. «The 2020 presidential elections are over. Our country should unite “, justified Senator Capito in a statement. For his part, Senator John Thune (South Dakota) noted that “what they (senators) have to remember is that (the resource) is not going anywhere.”
The end of the battle?
The certification of the votes cast by the Electoral College could be the last nail in the coffin of Trump’s legal challenges, but he still has several pending legal actions and has given no indication that he will abandon them or give in on his complaints about the “ theft »electoral.
For example, the rally in Dalton, Georgia, held this Monday in favor of Loeffler and David Perdue. The New York magnate once again insisted, without providing any proof, on his assertions about electoral “fraud” and stated that he expects Pence to “support” the Republicans during this Wednesday’s session of Congress, despite the fact that the vice president does not have power to revoke the election results, according to CBS News.
The US president has insisted on this idea during the day. “The vice president has the power to reject the elected voters fraudulently,” he said on his Twitter account. Biden is scheduled to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20.