My1sttoday: WSJ editorial board lashes Trump’s ’embarrassing electoral college overturn plan’ in an op-ed Wednesday as he continues refuse to concede since he lost to President-elect Biden last year November election.
The op-ed comes as Trump pushes congressional Republicans to go along with a long-shot bid led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) to object to the Electoral College vote when it comes before Congress next week. The effort is not likely to secure a majority in either chamber.
“Republicans should be embarrassed by Mr. Trump’s Electoral College hustle,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote.
The board says that the move will be used by Democrats to “excoriate Mr. Trump a final time on his way out the door, and grown-ups in the Republican Senate are unlikely to play along.”
The president and his campaign have failed to produce evidence of widespread voter fraud, and their legal challenges to the results in several swing states have failed.
Trump and his allies have now turned the pressure on Vice President Pence, saying he has the power to invalidate electors. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), along with some Arizona Republicans, sued Pence after he refused to join their attempt to subvert the results of the election.
“Mr. Trump is putting his loyal VP in a terrible spot, and what do Republicans think would happen if Mr. Pence pulled the trigger, Mr. Biden was denied 270 electoral votes, and the House chose Mr. Trump as President? Riots in the streets would be the least of it.”
The WSJ editorial board added that the scramble “tarnishes” Trump’s legacy and “undermines any designs he has had on running in 2024.”