Congresswoman-elect: Lawmakers Who Think Elector Challenge Is Futile Should Resign

Congresswoman-elect: Lawmakers Who Think Elector Challenge Is Futile Should Resign
Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) arrives to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 12, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
Ivan Pentchoukov

Incoming freshman House Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.) said Republican senators convinced about the futility of the plan to challenge electors in Congress on Jan. 6 should resign.

“It is absolutely not futile,” Greene told The Epoch Times on Dec. 22. “Anyone holding office who doesn't think they can give the effort to stop our country from plunging into socialism with a stolen election should really resign. They shouldn't hold office if they don't think this effort is worth trying.”

The congresswoman-elect made the remarks in response to a question about some of the rationale floated by Republican senators who oppose the idea of challenging the electors.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told Newsmax on Dec. 21 that the challenge will go down like a “shot dog.”

“The thing they’ve got to remember is, it’s just not going anywhere. I mean, in the Senate it would go down like a shot dog,” Thune told reporters. “And I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.”

Greene said she organized the meeting at the White House on Dec. 21 between President Donald Trump’s team and House Republicans committed to challenging the Joe Biden electors. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), the first member of the House to commit to challenging the votes, was in attendance.

According to Greene, a series of meetings on Dec. 21 led to a plan of action for challenging the electors from Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. The Trump campaign and a handful of third parties are pursuing legal challenges in each of the states, alleging that hundreds of thousands of votes were cast illegally. The Trump electors in each state cast procedural votes on Dec. 14, sending competing slates to Congress.

The Republicans haven't yet decided whether to challenge the electors from New Mexico, another state with an active election challenge from the Trump campaign and an alternate slate of electors.

In order to challenge electors during the counting of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, both a member of the House and a senator need to submit a request in writing. To date, no senator has publicly committed to joining the challenges, but a handful wouldn't rule out the possibility.

When a slate of electors is challenged during the joint session, the House and the Senate would then retire to their respective chambers for up to two hours of debate and a vote on the challenge.

Greene said the work for preparing the speeches for the debate is already in motion, including a thorough vetting of the evidence to be presented.

“We only want to use accurate, real evidence. We don't want to use misinformation floating around the internet,” she said.

Ivan is the national editor of The Epoch Times. He has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.
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