Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) reacted incredulously to the Saturday announcement by a number of of her GOP Senate colleagues — together with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — to demand an emergency audit of the Nov. 3 election outcomes, calling the motion a deeply embarrassing “publicity stunt.”
“With all due respect to my Republican colleagues in the Senate who are doing this: Can you please get a grip?” Klobuchar tweeted earlier than mentioning that come Jan. 20, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would enter the White House.
Klobuchar ran towards Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, portray herself as a average Midwesterner earlier than dropping out of the race in March. She has been a vocal proponent of Biden and Harris ever since.
On Wednesday, she condemned Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Miss.), who was the primary senator to say he would object to Congress’ in any other case routine Jan. 6 certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. Klobuchar slammed Hawley’s transfer as a “coup attempt” to curry favor with Republican voters for a possible 2024 presidential bid.
President Donald Trump has failed in all of his efforts to overturn the election outcomes; there was no proof of any main election fraud, and the Electoral College confirmed Biden as the winner on Dec. 14.
But the handful of GOP senators on Saturday nonetheless argued that “Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” based on a joint statement issued by Cruz and 10 different Senate Republicans.
“A fair and credible audit conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20 would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President,” the assertion stated. “We owe that to the People.”
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