In his speech during Wednesday’s congressional vote to authorize the Electoral College’s vote in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham prevented his Republican coworkers from voting against Biden’s election.
In the weeks leading up to the January 6 congressional approval, various Republican senators vowed to object to the Electoral College’s vote, making various dubious claims of election scams repeatedly pressed by President Donald Trump, his re-election project and other Republican officials.
” All I can say is, count me out. Enough is enough … It is over,” Graham said in his Senate-floor speech. “I prayed Joe Biden would lose. He won. He’s the legitimate president of the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States on January 20 th.”
Elsewhere in his speech, Graham objected to Republican efforts to establish a commission to investigate fraud in the 2020 governmental elections.
” If you’re looking for a method to encourage individuals, there was no scams, having a commission picked by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Roberts is not going to get you to where you desire to go– it ain’t gon na work,” he said, referencing the Democratic House Speaker from California, the Senate Bulk Leader from Kentucky and the Supreme Court Justice.
” It’s not going to do any great, it’s gon na delay, and it gives credibility to a dark chapter of our history.
” Trump,” he continued, dealing with the president directly, “we have actually had a hell of a journey.
In a vote on whether to obstruct Arizona’s electoral votes from counting, 6 Senate Republicans voted to block them, causing the objection to stop working in a 6-93 vote.
The Republicans who voted against licensing Arizona’s electoral votes were Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.