Dalton, GA – President Trump promised last night he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden when they convene tomorrow, January 6th, to confirm the Electoral College vote.
Supporters at the outdoor rally cheered as Trump declared that the Electoral voters won by President-elect Biden are “not going to take this White House!”
Trump’s announced purpose for the trip was to boost Republican Senate candidates in today’s runoff election.
Prior to the rally, in Washington, Trump urged Republican lawmakers to formally object Wednesday at a joint session of Congress that is to confirm Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
It’s unclear the extent to which GOP leaders in Congress will be able to control tomorrow’s joint session.
However, critics say, the challenges to the election are all but certain to fail.
Trump, himself, is planning a Wednesday rally near the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence will be presiding in a ceremonial role over Wednesday’s joint session.
“I promise you this: On Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress,” Pence said.
Trump said at the Dalton, Georgia rally: “I hope that our great vice president comes through for us.”
Georgia Republican, Senator Kelly Loeffler, who faces Democrat Raphael Warnock in the runoff elections, expressed to the crowd that she will join senators formally objecting to Biden’s win.
Senator David Perdue, who is facing off against Democrat Jon Ossoff in the runoff election, will not be eligible to vote.
The congressional effort to keep Trump in office is being led by Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, along with nine other Republican Senators and at least 140 U.S. Representatives.
In an email to his colleagues over the weekend, Senator Hawley said his Missouri constituents have been “loud and clear” in insisting Biden’s defeat of Trump was unfair.
The coalition of 11 Republican senators vow to reject the Electoral College tallies unless Congress launches a commission to immediately conduct an audit of the election results.
The coalition now includes Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.