Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday condemned an attempt by Republican senators to overturn the results of November’s presidential election by voting not to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

So far, nearly a dozen GOP senators have backed the effort, but their votes will not overturn Biden’s victory. They are, however, likely to turn what is normally mere formality into an event filled with partisan rancor.

President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have continually asserted that Biden’s victory was fraudulent, but have not presented evidence to that effect during any of their numerous failed court challenges. Trump has also taken to pressuring Republican officials in key swing states such as Georgia and Michigan to alter vote totals or otherwise take action to reverse Biden’s victory.

All 50 states have certified their election results, some after conducting post-election audits. The vote to confirm the results of the electoral college takes place in Congress Wednesday.

Hogan, a Republican, has repeatedly criticized Trump’s efforts to undermine the results and stall Biden’s transition to the presidency.

“The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans,” Hogan said in his statement Sunday. “President Trump and his team have had every opportunity to provide evidence supporting their claims, and they have failed to do so.”

A red governor in a deep blue state, Hogan often toes a careful line when it comes to critiquing Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill. His moderate appeals to practicality have at times won him high approval ratings despite Democratic dominance in Maryland. And lately, he’s been fairly vocal.

Hogan has been a frequent critic of the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling for greater federal assistance for states struggling to contain the illness, conduct testing and administer newly authorized vaccines.

Hogan continued his criticism Sunday with strong words for Trump and the Republican senators aiming to overturn Biden’s win, a group led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“Whether or not you like the result, the process worked as it always has,” Hogan said in his statement Sunday. “What’s not working is that far too many politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten the basic principle that they are beholden to the people, not the other way around.”

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threecents

This is just bizarre that a dozen senators are contesting the Electoral College vote, but I don't think they all go as far as Trump. Cruz wants a commission named and given weeks to evaluate the votes in some states, which is different from Trump simply trying to steal the election. Given all the recounts and court cases, there is no basis for Cruz's position, while Trump's is a blatantly illegal. If you are going to have a commission with power, it has to be set up before an election, and it cannot really have any power over the states or the electoral college, unless the constitution is changed.

Brookhawk

I'm curious to hear how some people justify Trump's telling Raffensperger to "find him" 11,000 votes and threatening him with legal action if he doesn't do it. Fraud in the election is coming straight out of the WH.

newspostreader

His supporters won't care. They don't care about anything he does. He even said himself that he could shoot someone and still have people vote for him.

Greg F

Trumps supporters care nothing for what is fact. See this article...and that 83% of them think Biden wasn't elected in reality. This is what happens when we let media run rampant. Media needs to be held accountable, right along with the GOP reps who are trying to stage a coup. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/03/media/media-trump-coup-reliable/index.html

Greg F

This is way beyond fraud. It is an attempt at a coup. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/trump-call-attempted-coup-congress-electoral-college-votes

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