“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic,” said Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney in a statement released on Saturday.
Romney called it “nonsense,” the attempt by Ted Cruz and 11 other GOP senators to vote against the certification of the Electoral College results on January 6.
“This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges serve for life. Members of Congress who would substitute their own partisan judgement for that of the courts do not enhance public trust, they imperil it.”
“Were Congress to actually reject state electors, partisans would inevitably demand the same any time their candidate had lost. Congress, not voters in the respective states, would choose our presidents.
“Adding to this ill-conceived endeavor by some in Congress is the President’s call for his supporters to come to the Capitol on the day when this matter is to be debated and decided. This has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.
“I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?”
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff said in a statement that “Pence, welcomed the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use their authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.”