CNN host Jake Tapper spoke out on Sunday to respond to reports that as many as 140 Republican House members and a handful of Republican senators are preparing to object to the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win by saying that these lawmakers are attempting a “bloodless coup.”

“The state of our union is facing a perilous start to 2021,” Tapper said. “We are beginning the year with the pandemic at its most alarming level yet. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic so far in the U.S. 4 million vaccines have been administered and not close to the goal of 20 million. With 3,000 Americans dying every day what are the president and a big chuck of Congressional Republicans focused on? Undermining the results of the election, essentially a bloodless coup. Leading the Republican Party in a state of turmoil.”

“Saturday, 11 Republican senators said they would vote against counting electoral votes in Congress next week calling for, quote, an emergency ten day audit of election returns despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud,” the CNN host added. “The group is following the lead of Senator Josh Hawley, who says he will formally object to Biden’s decisive win. Despite zero credible evidence that would justify such a move, zero.”

This comes after it was reported that 140 Republicans in the House are planning to object to the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win this week. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) defended this by pointing out that Democrats objected to the results of the 2004 and 2016 elections, though both efforts failed.

“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said. “And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections.”