WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Sen. Todd Young, in an animated discussion with protesters outside the U.S. Senate office building, said he won’t vote against certifying the election as a handful of Republicans are planning.
“When it comes to the law, our opinions don’t matter,” Young said in a video tweeted by Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan. “The law matters.”
Young, surrounded by supporters of President Donald Trump, was told by an unnamed woman, “you’re supposed to represent our opinions.”
He said he shares their opinion that Trump should remain in office, but said again, “the law matters.”
“I took an oath under God – under God,” Young said, nearly jumping into the air at one point. “Do we still take that seriously in this country?”
Republican senators are being swarmed by Trump protesters on the Hill. Here’s an exasperated @SenToddYoung saying he won’t vote against certifying the election.
“I took oath under God... does that still matter in this country?” pic.twitter.com/9nQEbt9Okl
— Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) January 6, 2021
The other U.S. senator from Indiana, Republican Mike Braun, has joined 13 others in saying he will reject the electors unless an “emergency 10-day audit” of the election results was completed. The vote, as even Braun admits, is a protest one, as Democrats control the U.S. House and many more Republicans would need to join him for it to make a difference.
The senators, including Braun, have continued to claim incidents of voter fraud despite several state and Trump administration officials saying they haven't found evidence of widespread voter fraud.
In a statement issued after electors across the country casted their ballots, Braun said "we must put aside politics and respect the constitutional process that determines the winner of our Presidential election,” and acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's win.
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