New Lincoln Project Ad Calls Ted Cruz, Others the 'Jim Crow Caucus' Amid Election Challenges

The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump PAC, has turned its attention to Republican senators who are open to challenging the results of the Electoral College on Wednesday, calling them part of a "new Jim Crow caucus."

On Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz followed Senator Josh Hawley's lead in their plans on objecting to certain Electoral College votes. The measure's considered a last-ditch effort to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office, but it is unlikely to succeed because it would require support from Democrats.

In a newly released ad, the Lincoln Project criticized the challenge of the validity of the November votes as part of an effort to disqualify millions of African-American votes.

"Meet the senators from the new Jim Crow caucus," a voiceover says. "They're trying to send African-American voters a clear message: You don't count."

Meet the Senators from the new #JimCrowCaucus.#RememberTheirNames: @HawleyMO @tedcruz @RandPaul @SenTomCotton

and the corporate America titans who are funding them: @ATT @Citibank @CharlesSchwab #EveryVoteCounts

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 2, 2021

Along with Hawley and Cruz, the ad targeted Senators Rand Paul and Tom Cotton as legislators that voters should "remember." Paul hasn't said whether he'll challenge the results, but told CNN he will make his decision "after we've seen all the legal challenges."

"America is better than Jim Crow voter suppression," the ad from the Lincoln Project said. "Tell these senators and their supporters you've had enough ... Every vote counts. This is America."

Newsweek reached out to Cruz, Hawley, Paul and Cotton for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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A new Lincoln Project ad criticized a group of Republican senators for being part of the new "Jim Crow caucus" because of their desire to challenge the Electoral College results on Wednesday. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on November 10 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty

Ten Senate Republicans joined Cruz in his plans to object to the results and the group of legislators called for Congress to appoint an "Electoral Commission." That body would be given "full investigatory and fact-finding authority" and would be responsible for conducting an emergency 10-day audit of the election results in "disputed states."

"Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission's findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed," the legislators said in a statement.

Hawley was first in the Senate to announce he would raise the objections, making the commitment on Wednesday. He specifically called out Pennsylvania, a state that was considered key for Trump to win re-election, and said Congress should "at least" investigate the allegations.

The Republican senator gained praise from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who applauded him for "unapologetically standing up for election integrity."

On Sunday night, Cotton broke with his Republican colleagues and said he would not support objections to the Electoral College results. While he was disappointed with the election results, he said Congres overturning the results would establish "unwise precedents" and "imperil the Electoral College."

"I'm grateful for what the president accomplished over the past four years, which is why I campaigned vigorously for his reelection," Cotton said in a statement. "But objecting to certified electoral votes won't give him a second term—it will only embolden those Democrats who want to erode further our system of constitutional government."

Under congressional rules, a representative and a senator must sign onto a written objection for Congress to consider it. For an objection to stand, it has to secure a majority vote in both the House and the Senate. Some Republicans have already said they won't vote to toss out a state's electoral votes, and it's very unlikely the Democrat-controlled House would vote to invalidate Biden's victory.

This article has been updated to include Senator Tom Cotton's statement on his decision to not object to the Electoral College results.