Senior Republican says further efforts to overturn election for Trump would go ‘down like a shot dog’
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) Speaks during a hearing for the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the logistics of shipping a coronavirus vaccine on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on December 10, 2020.
South Dakota Senator John Thune said any attempt to question the electoral college findings confirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory would "go down like a gun."
Alaska representative Mo Brooks announced earlier this month that he will question the results of the electoral college when Congress meets to approve Mr. Biden as the next US president on January 6.
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Mr. Brooks told the Washington Post, "I believe this is the worst election theft in United States history." He is expected to object to the voters selected for six states that Mr Biden won in the November 3rd election.
The number two Republican in the Senate, Mr Thune, told reporters Monday that he did not know of any Senators who had committed to join efforts supported by several House representatives.
"What you have to remember is that it's just going nowhere. I mean, it would go down like a dog in the Senate," he said on Monday, according to Bloomberg.
"And I just don't think it's very useful to go through all of them knowing what the final result will be," added Thune.
Despite Mr Biden's being declared the winner of the presidential election last month, Donald Trump has repeatedly falsely claimed that there was widespread electoral fraud and still has not admitted.
Mr Trump and his team dismissed more than 50 legal challenges last month as he and his allies are still trying to dismiss the November 3 election results. There is no evidence to back up the claims.
Mr Thune's comments came just hours after GOP congressmen met privately with Mr Trump at the White House to discuss plans The Hill said would object to the electoral college results.
On Monday afternoon, White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, confirmed the meeting and tweeted that it "took place in the Oval Office with President @realDonaldTrump to fight against the increasing evidence of election fraud."
Brooks joined Matt Gaetz from Florida, Georgian lawmaker Jody Hice and elected representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan from Ohio, all of whom tweeted about it.
Bloomberg reported that Scott Perry from Pennsylvania, Louie Gohmert from Texas and Andy Biggs from Arizona also attended the meeting.
"I will appeal against the voters in Georgia on January 6," Hice tweeted Monday before adding, "The courts refuse to hear the president's legal battle. We will make sure the people can!"
President Trump said Monday he had spoken to new Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, who will be sworn in on Jan. 3, about the objection, but he has not confirmed whether he will join the effort.
In order to force a debate and vote on an objection, both a House representative and the Senate must object in writing.
Several high-profile Republicans and Trump allies, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have urged officials not to object to the Jan. 6 vote, warning that doing so could damage the party politically.
Justice chairman Lindsey Graham reiterated the claim on Monday night, telling reporters that he believed any effort would "probably do more harm than good."
Last week, the U.S. Electoral College confirmed Mr Biden as the winner of the presidential election with 306 votes to Mr Trump's 232.
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