When a Trumpist mob stormed the Capitol, despite some Congressional Republicans attempting to dismiss the results of elections in multiple states within the Capitol, some had hoped enough of those Republicans would back away and allow the polls to be completed quickly. That should be a routine task. But Senate Republicans with the ambitions of the President of 2024, like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, tried to win Trump's grassroots favor after Donald spent the past two months convincing his constituents that the election had been stolen , and intended to drag them out.
After hours of bans and dangers, this is Hawley's concession: he will still object to the Pennsylvania vote count. But then he'll shut up and give in to his time – every five minutes. Other members of Congress can bark to their hearts' content or for at least five minutes. So this will still be a long night over a long, traumatic day.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:21:22 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
In other words, Hawley said it was so important to object to the Arizona voices that it was worth debating, but he did not mention Arizona when it was his turn to speak. And then Hawley found it so important to talk about Pennsylvania that he was forcing the House and Senate to hold another round of discussion. But he won't even bother to say anything.
Stunt voting in its simplest form.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:26:09 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
I keep remembering Mitch McConnell kicking Elizabeth Warren out of the Senate for reading a letter from Coretta Scott King.
– Tor 🍑 (@queer_spice) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:36:31 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
The searched office of the Senate MP: pic.twitter.com/E7PsSgoAEX
– Ali Zaslav (@alizaslav) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 04:53:53 +00: 00 Mark Sumner
Georgia received an appeal from the House that apparently came only from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. But now that Kelly Loeffler has lost interest in playing – probably because her political career, as it was, is over more than the events of the day – no other senator has signed up.
So Trump lost Georgia. Once again.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 04:56:43 +00: 00 Mark Sumner
Mike Pence's chief of staff was apparently denied entry to the White House. It will be interesting to see how Mikey is greeted when this is over.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 5:04:11 +00: 00 Joan McCarter
MP Marjorie Taylor Greene rejects Michigan's vote. No senator has approved the objection. And now we're going to Minnesota.
– Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 5:06:41 AM +00: 00 Joan McCarter
Rep Mo Brooks rejects Nevada's vote and mispronounces the state's name. Brooks Has No Senator "Unfortunately, no United States senator has joined this effort" Massive applause
– Burgess Everett (@burgessev) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 5:18:15 PM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) Objects to the Pennsylvania vote. And Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Signed it. We will go back to the debate in both houses and to the vote.
– Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:11:22 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
Conor Lamb discharged the Republicans and pushed for the objection.
Lamb: "We know this attack did not come out of nowhere today. It was inspired by lies, the same lies you are hearing in this room tonight, and the members who repeat those lies should be ashamed of their constituents should be ashamed of them. "
– Julian Routh (@julianrouth) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:51:52 AM +00: 00Mark Sumner
"Get out!" A confrontation erupts after GOP MP Morgan Griffith asked for comments from MP Conor Lamb that Republicans lied about the election. Lamb replies: "The truth hurts" https://t.co/wTKxzqAo9U pic.twitter.com/XDA9ArvRrG
– CBS News (@CBSNews) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:05:23 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
The house vote is now 280-137 to reject the appeal, with 14 not being elected. Of these all 137 are Rs, of course, so Rs 137-64 are to overturn the PA vote. House Rs are a shame.
– Jonathan McDowell (@ planet4589) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:10:20 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
The earlier Senate vote was 92-7 against, so everything that happened in the house was literally pointless. We are expected to go through the remaining states now.
Thursday, January 7th 2021 8:28:57 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
And we count again. Not long now, guys. All the way to South Carolina.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:40:36 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
Amy Klobuchar reads the results to the employees and gets a little emotional.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:42:23 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
And Pence read the results into the file. It's over Go to sleep and see you tomorrow morning.
Thursday, January 7th 2021 8:44:25 AM +00: 00 Mark Sumner
At 3:41 a.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence announces Joe Biden's victory over President Trump. pic.twitter.com/9ebnaft0MC
– Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 7, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:56:17 a.m. + 00:00 a.m.
And … Trump just made a statement:
"Even if I disagree with the election result at all and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes are counted This is the end of the greatest first term in the president's history. It is just the beginning of our struggle to make Americans great again. "
Roll your eyes.