Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) slammed members of his own party on Sunday for their attempts to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday, calling their political stunt “embarrassing”
In a statement released Sunday afternoon, the Republican governor criticized congressional Republicans attempting to subvert the election results as a “mockery of our system and who we are as Americans”
“The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans,” Hogan said.
“President Trump and his team have had every opportunity to provide evidence supporting their claims, and they have failed to do so,” Hogan aded.
“Whether or not you like the result, the process worked as it always has,” he said. “What’s not working is that far too many politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten the basic principle that they are beholden to the people, not the other way around.”
About a dozen Republican senators, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said Saturday they planned to reject the certification if lawmakers don’t agree to a 10-day audit of the baseless allegations.
Cruz’s effort is separate from that of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who has also said he plans to reject the certification. Around 140 members of the House of Representatives are also believed to be planning to vote against counting the Electoral College’s vote, according to CNN.
Since losing the November election, Trump and his Republican allies have claimed President-elect Joe Biden’s win was the result of widespread fraud in the election. But neither he nor his allies have been able to substantiate such claims with proof, including in dozens of lawsuits the president and his legal team have lost.
Also on Sunday, the Washington Post on Sunday published audio of a Saturday call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which the president pressured him to “find” the number of votes he needed to win the state in another last-ditch effort to undo his election loss.
Read Hogan’s statement below.
The American people—not the politicians—elect the president. The scheme by members of Congress to reject the certification of the presidential election makes a mockery of our system and who we are as Americans.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/8fpZcxyXt9
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 3, 2021