Amy Klobuchar to GOP lawmakers vowing to vote against Biden's victory: 'Get a grip'
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar urged her Republican colleagues attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election to accept the results.
- "With all due respect to my Republican colleagues in the Senate who are doing this: can you please get a grip?" Klobuchar said in a tweet.
- "Election officials across the country, including Republican Governors, have certified these results. This is embarrassing," she continued.
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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Saturday urged her Republican colleagues to comes to terms with the results of the 2020 presidential election.
"With all due respect to my Republican colleagues in the Senate who are doing this: can you please get a grip?" Klobuchar said. "Election officials across the country, including Republican Governors, have certified these results. This is embarrassing."
On January 6, lawmakers will meet to certify the results of the 2020 election. The results must be certified ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration Day on January 20.
But despite the results having been certified by the states themselves and despite the looming inauguration date, GOP senators are trying to delay the start of Biden's presidency.
Sen. Ted Cruz is spearheading an effort to reject President-elect Joe Biden's victory. At least 12 Republican senators said they'd back the effort.
Biden won the presidential election two months ago. Since then, Trump has refused to explicitly acknowledge his loss. In the hours after the race was called for Biden, Trump said the "election is far from over."
He's doubled down on his rhetoric and has sought to overturn the results in state and federal courts across the country. The Trump campaign and the president's allies have so far filed, and lost, dozens of lawsuits in multiple battleground states contesting the results.
Allegations of voter fraud have been struck down and disproven numerous times since Trump and his lawyers presented their arguments. The Trump-appointed Attorney General Bill Barr, who's repeatedly positioned himself as one of the president's strongest defenders, conceded earlier this month that neither the Justice Department nor the FBI found widespread evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
But the senators vowing to vote against Biden's victory are not backing down. Their efforts are supported by the GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives, where at least 140 lawmakers have indicated that they plan to vote against counting electoral votes and delay the certification process for Biden.
But several Republicans, like Sen. Ben Sasse, have condemned any attempt to try to overturn the election results.
Other Democratic lawmakers in addition to Klobuchar are also urging their Republican colleagues to accept the results.
Biden is expected to win a majority of the votes needed for certification because of the Democratic majority in the House and Republican lawmakers who've come out against this effort to object.
If GOP lawmakers follow through on their plan to object to the certification of the vote, both the House and the Senate will enter a debate, during which members of Congress will be permitted to speak. But ultimately, "unless both the House and Senate vote to reject the Electoral count for the state in question, the objection is rejected," a Dear Colleague letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says.
"While there is no doubt as to the outcome of the Biden-Harris presidency, our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system," Pelosi wrote in the letter.
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