Within the wake of a Trumpist mob storming the Capitol whilst some congressional Republicans tried to overturn the outcomes of the elections in a number of states from inside the Capitol, some had hoped that sufficient of these Republicans would again down and permit the counting of electoral votes to conclude shortly. That’s supposed to be a routine task, in spite of everything. However Senate Republicans with 2024 presidential ambitions, like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, have been attempting to curry favor with Trump’s base after Donald spent the final two months convincing his voters that the election had been stolen, and have been intent on dragging it out.
After hours of lockdowns and hazard, that is Hawley’s concession: He’s nonetheless going to object to the counting of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. However then he’ll shut up and yield his time—all 5 minutes of it. Different members of Congress can yap to their hearts’ content material, or a minimum of for 5 minutes. So this may nonetheless be a protracted night time on high of a protracted, traumatic day.
In different phrases, Hawley mentioned he thought it was so essential to object to Arizona’s votes that it was price debating, however he didn’t point out Arizona when it was his flip to speak. After which Hawley thought it was so essential to speak about Pennsylvania that he’s forcing the Home and Senate to sit down via one other spherical of debate. However he’s not even going to hassle to say something.
Stunt voting in it’s most simple kind.
Georgia bought an objection from the Home aspect, which seems to have come from simply Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. However now that Kelly Loeffler has misplaced curiosity in taking part in alongside—possible as a result of her political profession, such because it was, is over greater than the day’s occasions—no different Senator signed on.
So Trump misplaced Georgia. Once more.
Mike Pence’s chief of workers has apparently been denied entry to the White Home. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how Mikey is greeted when that is over.
Conor Lamb unloaded on the Republicans pushing the objection.
The sooner Senate vote was 92-7 in opposition to, so every little thing that occurred within the Home was actually pointless. Expectations are we are going to now proceed via the remaining states.
And we’re counting once more. Not lengthy now, people. As much as South Carolina.
Amy Klobuchar reads out the outcomes of the clerks, and will get a bit emotional in doing so.
And Pence has learn the outcomes into the report. It’s over. Fall asleep, and we’ll see you within the morning.
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And … Trump simply issued a press release:
“Regardless that I completely disagree with the result of the election, and the details bear me out, nonetheless there will probably be an orderly transition on January twentieth. I’ve all the time mentioned we’d proceed our battle to make sure that solely authorized votes have been counted. Whereas this represents the tip of the best first time period in presidential historical past, it is solely the start of our battle to Make American Nice Once more.”
The eyes roll.