By Duncan Smith
There are so few real Republican fighters in Congress, it is important to identify them when they step up.
And, as usual, Rep. Matt Gaetz is stepping up.
Earlier this month, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), another fighter, said he planned to challenged the electoral college results indicating a Joe Biden win because he thinks the election was stolen from President Trump.
For the record, we agree.
Now, Gaetz says he’s going to do the same thing.
'So on January 6, I'm joining with the fighters in the Congress and we are going to object to electors from states that didn't run clean elections,' Gaetz told a crowd during the first day of the Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit.
Republicans in Congress are considering whether to join the effort to challenge the 2020 general election results. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) initiated the push when he announced his intention to object to the electoral college votes come January, while several other Republican lawmakers from both chambers have remained open to participating in the effort.
Objections during the joint session must be made in writing by at least one House member and senator. If the objection meets requirements, the joint session pauses and each house withdraws to their own chamber to debate the question for a maximum of two hours. The House and Senate will then vote separately to accept or reject the objection, which requires a majority vote from both chambers.
If one chamber accepts and the other rejects, then according to federal law the 'the votes of the electors whose appointment shall have been certified by the executive of the State, under the seal thereof, shall be counted.'
Several Republican senators have not ruled out the possibility of objection but have said that they would first monitor the developments regarding claims of voter fraud. Meanwhile, newly elected Alabama senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has previously suggested that he may join the planned objection by members of the House of Representatives.
'I had a chance to speak to coach Tuberville just moments ago and he says we are done running plays from the establishment's losing playbook and it's time to fight,' Gaetz added.
'Now coach Tubervillve went for it a lot on fourth down when he was coaching at Auburn. They called him the Mississippi riverboat gambler. The odds may be tough, it may be fourth and long but we're going for it on January 6.'
There isn’t a lot of hope that this maneuver will succeed.
But then again, it damn sure won’t if no one tries it.
The GOP needs more fighters. Let’s hope this election theft emboldens more to do so.
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