Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, released a statement that he had planned to give in today’s Senate meeting in which he blamed President Donald Trump for the unrest at the Capitol and mocked Americans who want an election audit.
“We gather today due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning,” he said. “What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.”
Romney dismissed calls for an election audit: “Please! No Congressional led audit will ever convince those voters, particularly when the President will continue to claim that the election was stolen.”
“The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth. That is the burden, and the duty, of leadership. The truth is that President-elect Biden won this election,” he said. “President Trump lost.”
Then Romney made inaccurate claims about election litigation.
“Scores of courts, the President’s own Attorney General, and state election officials both Republican and Democrat have reached this unequivocal decision,” he said.
Sitting on the Supreme Court’s docket, scheduled for Jan 22., is a Pennsylvania case that could overturn the election in that state.
“Leader McConnell said that the vote today is the most important in his 40 plus years of public service,” Romney said. “That is not because this vote reveals something about the election; it is because this vote reveals something about ourselves. I urge my colleagues to move forward with completing the electoral count, to refrain from further objections, and to unanimously affirm the legitimacy of the presidential election.”