Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to deliver a speech on Wednesday rebuking an effort by his GOP colleagues who have plotted objections to Electoral College votes during a joint congressional session aimed at reaffirming Biden’s win of the presidency.
Per Axios, the speech will come after a group of lawmakers deliver their first objections to Electoral College votes in Arizona, a battleground state President Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden in November.
McConnell’s speech will come on top of the several efforts already made by top Republican to discourage fellow GOP colleagues from objecting as the two chambers meet to count each state’s record of certified Electoral College votes in what has traditionally been a ceremonial affair that typically takes about an hour
The news of McConnell’s anticipated remarks, which are sure to draw ire from Trump, come as reports surfaced suggesting the routine ceremony will likely be dramatically longer than historical precedent. The New York Times reported early Wednesday that as more GOP lawmakers pledged to enter the fray of objections in support of President Trump’s last-ditch gambit to subvert the election, the session could take upward of nine hours, keeping lawmakers in session well into the night as Trump’s gang wages a rhetorical battle to undermine democracy.