Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said several Republican senators are objecting to the electoral votes for Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia during the Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday.
Brooks, in an announcement on Twitter, said he “need[s] more” senators to join GOP representatives in objecting to electoral votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), the first senator to announce a challenge, signed on to object to the electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he’s objecting to votes in Arizona, and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is objecting to votes in Georgia, according to the Alabama republican.
“LOTS of Congressmen object to AZ GA MI NV PA WI electoral college votes. In Senate, Hawley=PA Cruz=AZ Loeffler=GA, so battle engaged there. STILL NEED SENATORS FOR MI NV WI!” Brooks wrote on Twitter. “America—urge your senators to fight voter fraud & election theft!”
Brooks on Monday was seen signing written objections to all six states. Those states were flagged by President Donald Trump and his team for having rampant voter fraud, irregularities, or unconstitutional laws passed to relax mail-in ballots.
The challenge requires both a representative and a senator to carry out. Then, an hourslong debate ensues on a state’s electoral votes before a simple majority vote is held on whether to certify that states’ electoral votes. The House is controlled by Democrats while a number of GOP senators have said they don’t support the challenge.
Hawley revealed that Antifa activists protested outside his home in Washington, demanding that he drop the electoral challenge, as his wife and newborn were in the house.
“Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel,” he wrote, adding that they “screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door.”
Cruz’s decision to object to Arizona’s electoral votes came after he and about 10 other senators—other than Hawley—released a letter over the past weekend vowing to support challenges unless a commission was formed to carry out an emergency audit.
“Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed,” they said in a joint statement.
Dozens of House Republicans have announced they support the challenge, with some estimates saying upwards of 100 could partake—as House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told The Hill on Sunday that he backs the move.
But, according to Brooks in a tweet earlier on Tuesday, it’s not clear if all senators will sign onto the initiative.
“I’m less confident in GOP Senators. Now is the time to call on senators to demand they stand for honest [and] accurate elections, and support House members on Jan. 6,” he said.
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Republican senators recently that he “won’t judge anybody for their decision” about objecting, according to Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) in a Politico report.
“‘I’ve voted twice on declarations of war.’ And he said, ‘This is right up there. But … there’s a lot of noise out there and I won’t judge anybody for their decision,’” Cramer said of what McConnell told the senators.