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Last-Ditch Anti-Trump Effort Fizzles

Congress officially certifies Electoral College results amid progressive protests

The final attempt to somehow stop President-Elect Donald Trump from assuming office fizzled Friday.

Trump’s opponents could not stop him in the Republican primaries, could not stop him in accumulating delegates, could not stop him at the Republican National Convention, could not stop him during the election, could not stop him with recounts and could not stop him in the Electoral College.

“Counting & certifying electoral college votes — House dems. still don’t accept election results.”

On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden announced that Congress officially certified the victory, giving Trump 304 votes. That was the 306 he won during the election minus two faithless electors who cast votes for other candidates.

A grassroots campaign on the Left tried to persuade members of Congress to file formal objections to the vote, and some representatives made challenges. But they could not get a single senator to go along, as required under the Constitution.

Biden turned down the objections one by one. “It’s over,” he said, according to Reuters.

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A coalition of progressive activists had cited grounds ranging from Russian interference in the election to “voter suppression” to allegations that 50 Republican electors should be disqualified because they either lived in the wrong congressional district or held another office.

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Thwarted one final time, activists from the umbrella group Democracy Spring were reduced to trying to disrupt the proceedings. Capitol police arrested several demonstrators.

“I will do what I must to defend our democracy.” Democracy Now organizer Tania Maduro said in a prepared statement. “I object to this electoral vote. Hundreds of thousands of American votes, especially those cast by people of color, were suppressed. We need a one person-one vote democracy.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) mocked the efforts, tweeting, “Counting & certifying electoral college votes — House dems. still don’t accept election results.”

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