“The founders mostly entrusted our elections to states – not Congress,” Cotton said. “You have entrusted the election of our president to the people who act through the electoral college – not through Congress.”
Trump also praised a more general attack on Republicans who opposed the effort – a group that includes former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said it was “difficult to imagine a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act”.
“The Surrender Caucus” within the Republican Party will be disgraced as the weak and ineffective “guardians” of our nation who were willing to accept the certification of fraudulent presidential numbers! ” The outgoing president tweeted.
The Arkansas Republican was circulated as a future presidential candidate, and the electoral college challenge has divided the GOP at a time when it is trying to control the Senate majority.
Two incumbent Republicans from Georgia, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, hope to fend off the Democratic challengers in a runoff election on Tuesday. Both have teamed up closely with the president, who is due to hold a rally on their behalf in Georgia later on Monday. The President recently asked Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Reffensperger during a private phone call to “find” enough votes to undo Biden’s victory in the state. A recording of the call was then released to the media.
Trump actively promoted the electoral college challenge, and shortly after warning about Cotton, the president tweeted quotes from Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis), both of whom support the effort.
Johnson defended the offer to reverse Biden’s election victory, arguing that Republicans cannot ignore “legitimate concerns” about unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud by Trump and his allies.
“In my view, we just can’t dismiss the concerns of tens of millions of Americans who suspect,” Johnson told Fox News Monday. “What we are saying is that we are delaying the acceptance of the voters of a particular state until we actually investigate what the problems are in that particular state.”