Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) spoke out on Saturday to defend her decision to take part in an effort to object to the election results from certain states.
In this endeavor, Blackburn has reportedly teamed up with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Mike Braun (R-IN), and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).
While appearing on Fox News, Blackburn said that her goal is to protect the integrity of the 2020 presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
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“Gillian, what transpired was a couple of us had been working independently on finding a way to address the issues of election integrity to make certain that legal votes are counted and that votes that are not legal are not counted and that people can trust that this is a true and fair election,” she told host Gillian Turner. “And as we said in our joint statement, looking at where the American people are on this, the millions of people that feel like this election was not a fair election. We knew that there needed to be something that was done.”
“People can define the problems, but defining an action that leads to a solution is something that is a little bit more difficult to do,” she added. “So we brought together our efforts, and that is what you have in the statement. And the closest example we have is the 1877 election, when this is exactly what they did — when there was a challenge to the votes that were taking place in 3 states. And there have been years, you know, in 1969, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2017, the Democrats launched their objections — we wanted to launch something to give a deliverable.”
Blackburn went on to point out that Democrats never accepted Trump as their president over the past four years.
“And Gillian, you also have to realize what happened over the last four years. The Democrats never accepted president Trump,” Blackburn said. “They spent every single day trying to undermine him, trying to work against him, trying to obstruct. The day after, they named themselves the resistance and said they were going to resist him every single day. There are ways for us to approach this. This is one of them.”
“We should get answers to this,” she continued. “The American people should be able to trust in their electoral system, and the electoral college is a vital part of our process. And this will be the opportunity that we have to weigh in. Of course, fixing this, as one of my friends said yesterday, one of my Tennessee neighbors, said fixing it is up to the states, isn’t it? And I said this, yes, it is. This goes back to the states. They’re the ones that set their election laws and implement elections at the local and state level.”