Fox News presenter Chris Wallace lamented on Wednesday the Republican Party’s ultimate effort to undo President Donald Trump’s decisive electoral loss, noting that Americans “had never seen anything” like this before and that it was “a bit sad”.
With tens of thousands of angry MAGA supporters gathered in Washington, DC to protest Congressional certification of Electoral College votes, at least 13 GOP Senators and up to 140 House Republicans are expected to oppose President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday.
As Fox News opinion leaders and pro-Trump commentators urged Republicans to embark on the undemocratic attempt to overthrow a U.S. election, Wallace found that this deeply partisan effort has no historical parallel.
“I think the point that needs to be made is how extraordinary it is,” Wallace told Fox News’ American press room. “We’ve never seen what we’re going to see today.”
Noting that some have pointed out the 2005 Congressional objection by former Senator Barbara Boxer (R-CA) to George W. Bush’s electoral defeat against John Kerry, Wallace explained, “The difference is that John Kerry , the failing candidate at the time, had already conceded and, in fact, was very disheartening and disavowing Barbara Boxer’s effort to hold the objection. She lost by a 74-1 vote when she entered the Senate. She was the only Democrat to oppose George W. Bush’s victory in Ohio.
Wallace continued, “Now you have maybe 100 Republican MPs, over a dozen Republican senators. You have the incumbent president in office who will deliver a speech in a few minutes saying that the election was stolen from him. We’ve never, never seen anything like it.
the Fox News Sunday The moderator went on to point out that losing candidates in the past, notably Richard Nixon in 1961 and Al Gore in 2001, actually had to preside over their own Electoral College defeats in Congress, as they were vice presidents at the time.
On top of that, then-Vice President Biden himself put an end to objections to Trump’s victory in Congress when he chaired the 2017 certification. The president and his allies, meanwhile, have more and more are pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to block or invalidate Biden’s victory on Wednesday, which Pence has no authority to do.
“So usually this is the time when everyone comes together, losing wounds, but they just sit there and say for the greater good of the country and in accordance with our democracy and our constitution, we’re going to recognize that the whoever got the most elections the votes won the election, ”Wallace sighed. “And the fact that that won’t happen today is pretty sad.”
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