President Donald Trump late Thursday said Americans are supportive of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and the roughly three dozen House of Representatives members who plan on objecting to electoral votes in the upcoming joint session of Congress.
“America is proud of Josh and the many others who are joining him. The USA cannot have fraudulent elections!” Trump wrote in a tweet.
Hawley this week became the first senator to pledge to object to votes during the Jan. 6 joint session.
Hawley’s move attracted backlash from Democrats and some fellow Republicans, including members of the GOP Senate leadership.
Walmart also called the senator a “sore loser.” It later apologized and deleted the social media statement it had issued.
Trump shared an article about Hawley responding to Walmart. Hawley asked the company to apologize for using slave labor and ” the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business.”
Attempts to reach Walmart were not successful.
Hawley and members of the lower congressional chamber’s plan centers around how the U.S. Constitution enables objections during the joint session held to count Electoral College votes.
Objections must be written and have the support of at least one senator and one representative. If an objection meets the requirements, it triggers a withdrawal from the joint session. In each chamber, there is then a two-hour debate and a vote on whether to uphold a challenge. Unless objections receive a majority vote in each chamber, they’re discarded.