U.S. Republican Senator Mitt Romney released a statement in response to the announcement that several GOP senators, among which Ted Cruz, are planning to oppose certification of the presidential election results.
First published in January 2021.
As a dozen Republican senators and 140 members of the House of Representatives plan to oppose certification of the 2020 presidential election results that saw the victory of Joe Biden, the former Republican candidate Senator Mitt Romney has released a statement in which he openly criticises the move he sees as undemocratic:
“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it. More Americans participated in this election than ever before, and they made their choice. President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed. The Justice Department found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election. The Presidential Voter Fraud Commission disbanded without finding such evidence.”
Mitt Romney. | Flickr - Gage Skidmore
Cruz and the president were once bitter rivals.
“My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense. This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges serve for life. Members of Congress who would substitute their own partisan judgement for that of the courts do not enhance public trust, they imperil it.”
The Senators claim that the election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct”. Donald Trump’s legal team, which includes former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, have made some wild claims of voter fraud after the election but have never presented any credible evidence to judges who have all overwhelmingly rejected every single lawsuit. The Supreme Court itself has refused to be drawn into Trump’s machinations.
Cruz taking aim at Trump, 2016. | Wikimedia
Senator Romney finishes his statement explaining why, in his view, were the GOP politicians’ move be successful it would create a dangerous precedent in the United States.
“Were Congress to actually reject state electors, partisans would inevitably demand the same any time their candidate had lost. Congress, not voters in the respective states, would choose our presidents. Adding to this ill-conceived endeavor by some in Congress is the President’s call for his supporters to come to the Capitol on the day when this matter is to be debated and decided. This has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.”
“I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?” Romney concludes.
Chris Krebs, the former head of the federal government’s cyber security unit had described the election as the “most secure election” in U.S. history.🔷
PMP News reporting.
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