Maryland's GOP governor criticized Republicans attempting to subvert the election results as a 'mockery of our system and who we are as Americans'
- In a statement released Sunday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, criticized members of Congress planning to reject the certification of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday.
- Despite Biden's winning the race in November, and the Electoral College affirming such in December, some Republicans in the new year have continued to refuse to accept the results of the election, harping on baseless claims of voter fraud.
- About a dozen Republican senators, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said Saturday they planned to reject the certification if lawmakers don't agree to a 10-day audit of the baseless allegations.
- Around 140 House Republicans also reportedly plan to reject the counting of the Electoral College votes.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, in a statement issued Sunday, criticized members of his own party for their attempts to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday.
"The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans," Hogan said in the Sunday afternoon statement.
Sen. Ted Cruz is spearheading an effort to reject the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, and about a dozen Republican senators have said publicly they'll back his effort. His effort is separate from that of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who has also said he plans to reject the certification. Around 140 members of the House of Representatives are also believed to be planning to vote against counting the Electoral College's vote, CNN reported.
Trump and his Republican allies have since his loss in November claimed President-elect Joe Biden's win was the result of widespread fraud in the election. But neither he nor his allies have been able to substantiate such claims with proof, including in dozens of lawsuits the president and his legal team have lost.
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Meanwhile, the Washington Post on Sunday published audio of a Saturday call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. On the call, Trump, who has publicly bashed Raffensperger, pressured him to "find" the number of votes he needed to win the state in another last-ditch effort to subvert his leaving office later this month.
Biden won Georgia by about 12,000 votes in one of a few victories that were key to his beating Trump.
"President Trump and his team have had every opportunity to provide evidence supporting their claims, and they have failed to do so," Hogan, whose state voted for Biden, said. "Their allegations have been flatly rejected by Trump-appointed judges and a Trump-appointed Justice Department alike.
Hogan has previously criticized the GOP, including at the end of November when he said he was "embarrassed" more members of his own party weren't speaking out against Trump's refusal to concede the race.
"Whether or not you like the result, the process worked as it always has," he said Sunday. "What's not working is that far too many politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten the basic principle that they are beholden to the people, not the other way around."
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