Senator Ted Cruz, once an arch enemy of Donald Trump, will now lead the president’s last-ditch effort to retain office for four more years.
Cruz and 11 other Republican senators will attempt Wednesday to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — and will demand an emergency audit of the results in states where voter fraud has been alleged.
“We do not take this action lightly,” the group, led by Cruz, wrote in a statement Saturday. “We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it.”
Because success in any state would require a majority of both houses to vote no, the objectors are virtually certain to fail.
The announcement follows weeks of agitation and legal action from President Trump, who insists that fraud tipped the election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona to Biden, who was declared the Electoral College winner on Dec. 14 with a 306-232 vote. Multiple courts have rejected those claims.
Trump supports the audit plan claiming that it would expose enough evidence to convince the doubters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2021