Tom Cotton Won't Oppose Electoral College Vote, Says Republicans Have 'No Chance'

Arkansas senator Tom Cotton warned fellow Republicans against plans to obstruct Wednesday's certified vote count which finalizes President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

The GOP senator said Democrats could use their actions to undermine the Electoral College and to encourage Congress to interfere in future state election disputes.

Cotton joined a small group of GOP senators including Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska this week in rejecting the efforts of twelve Republicans to overturn the presidential election results. Cotton urged his twelve Senate colleagues, nicknamed by many as the "sedition caucus," against their plans to highlight unfounded voter fraud claims by blocking the typically rudimentary January 6 joint session. The Arkansas senator said such posturing won't give President Donald Trump a second term, but it will enable Congress to overreach into future state election disputes.

Cotton warned the Senate Republicans their actions will threaten the existence of the Electoral College system and allow a future Democratic majority to "deny the presidency to a Republican-president elect who didn't receive a majority of the popular vote."

Writing in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Tuesday, Cotton said "Republicans have no chance of invalidating even a single electoral vote, much less enough votes to deny Joe Biden a majority in the electoral college."

"These objections would exceed Congress' constitutional power, while creating unwise precedents that Democrats could abuse the next time they are in power," Cotton wrote in the opinion piece published Tuesday. "For these reasons, I will not oppose the counting of certified electoral votes."

Cotton reiterated that Congress should not be getting involved in the presidential election process which the country's Founding Fathers entrusted to the states and not Capitol Hill. He laid out how the president is elected by the people through the electoral college and not by Congress. And lastly, Cotton stressed that any election disputes are to be handled by the courts — not Congress.

Cotton told the GOP senators their move to oppose the Electoral College vote count will "imperil" the system itself, and encourage a future Democratic majority to simply deny the presidency to a Republican who did not win the popular vote.

Despite the Arkansas Republican's remarks, a dozen of his GOP colleagues appear poised to obstruct the Wednesday joint session of Congress in a last-ditch attempt to prevent Biden from taking the White House.

Cotton is not alone in his public ridicule of his GOP colleagues' plans to block the Wednesday vote. Some Republican senators including Ben Sasse have described the move as a "dangerous ploy" which undermines the democratic process altogether. Ohio GOP Senator Rob Portman issued a statement Monday chastising Texas Senator Ted Cruz and others hoping to overturn the election results this week.

"After two months of recounts and legal challenges, not a single state recount changed a result and, of the dozens of lawsuits filed, not one found evidence of fraud or irregularities widespread enough to change the result of the election," Portman said.

Newsweek reached out to Cotton's office Tuesday morning for additional remarks.

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Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., participates in a mock swearing-in for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence, as his wife Anna Peckham holds a bible, in the Old Senate Chamber at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 3, 2021. KEVIN DIETSCH / Contributor/Getty Images