Congressman Matt Gaetz, a pro-life Florida Republican, says he will join GOP members in Congress on January 6 who will be objecting to the Electoral College vote, which is expected to certify the presidential race for pro-abortion candidate Joe Biden. Some Republican lawmakers have said they plan to object to vote tallies from several key battleground states due to election fraud problems.
“On January 6th, I’m joining with the fighters in the Congress and we are going to object to electors from states that didn’t run clean elections,” Gaetz said during a speech on Saturday.
January 6 is the day Congress is scheduled to certify the electoral college’s vote.
“Our friends in the media will breathlessly exclaim that we are attacking democracy. That’s nonsense,” Gaetz said. “Democracy is left undefended if we accept the result of a stolen election, without fighting with every bit of vigor we can muster.”
“It is time to stand and fight,” Gaetz added. “The odds may be tough. It may be the 4th and long, but we’re going for it on January 6th.”
Gaetz followed up his weekend comments with a post on Twitter today.
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On January 6th, I’m joining with the fighters in Congress.
We’re going to OBJECT to electors from states that didn’t run clean elections.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 21, 2020
Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, is leading the effort to object to the vote tallies.
The Constitution allows members of Congress to submit their objections in writing to any state’s electoral votes. However, in order for the objection to be discussed, a member of the House and Senate must both sign on to the objection.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republican senators to not sign on to the effort, but a few senators have expressed support for it. For the objection to success, both the Senate and the House must agree to the objection with a simple majority vote. The Democrat-run House will never support such an objection and the Senate is considered virtually impossible as well.