Donald Trump’s attempts to accurately count the votes in the Presidential Election were dealt a crushing blow.
It came from a surprising place,
And Donald Trump thought he could count on this Republican Senator. Then he got bad news.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton positioned himself the last four years as one of Donald Trump’s closest allies.
But at the moment of truth Senator Cotton abandoned President Trump.
Senator Cotton released a statement announcing that although he shared the President’s concerns about voter fraud he would not join Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz in objecting to the results of the Electoral College.
“I share the concerns of many Arkansans about irregularities in the presidential election, especially in states that rushed through election-law changes to relax standards for voting-by-mail,” Senator Cotton wrote.. “I also share their disappointment with the election results. I, therefore, support a commission to study the last election and propose reforms to protect the integrity of our elections. And after Republicans win in Georgia, the Senate should also hold more hearings on these matters. All Americans deserve to have confidence in the elections that undergird our free government.”
Cotton claimed Congress’s role in certifying the election results was merely ceremonial.
“Nevertheless, the Founders entrusted our elections chiefly to the states — not Congress. They entrusted the election of our president to the people, acting through the Electoral College — not Congress,” Cotton argued. “And they entrusted the adjudication of election disputes to the courts — not Congress. Under the Constitution and federal law, Congress’s power is limited to counting electoral votes submitted by the states.”
Cotton also claimed if Republicans objected to the Electoral College Democrats would eventually move to elect the President thought a popular vote and federalize elections by imposing a national universal vote by mail scheme on the entire country,
“First, Congress would take away the power to choose the president from the people, which would essentially end presidential elections and place that power in the hands of whichever party controls Congress. Second, Congress would imperil the Electoral College, which gives small states like Arkansas a voice in presidential elections. Democrats could achieve their longstanding goal of eliminating the Electoral College in effect by refusing to count electoral votes in the future for a Republican president-elect. Third, Congress would take another big step toward federalizing election law, another long-standing Democratic priority that Republicans have consistently opposed,” Cotton concluded.
Tom Cotton is widely considered to be a top contender for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination should Donald Trump not run for re-election.
But with this move Tom Cotton planted his flag with the Mitt Romney wing of the party as opposed to with the grassroots of the party.
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