Trump Jr.: Trump supporters in DC 'should send a message' to GOP 'this isn't' their party anymore

Donald Trump Jr. told a crowd of several hundred gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that their presence at a rally in support of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE should serve as a warning to congressional Republicans that they have lost their power.

"It should be a message to all the Republicans who have not been willing to actually fight, the people who did nothing to stop the steal," Trump Jr. said at a "Stop the Steal" rally on the National Mall. "This gathering should send a message to them: This isn't their Republican Party anymore. This is Donald Trump's Republican Party."

Trump Jr. added: "This is the Republican party that will put America first."


Thousands of people are expected to gather in D.C. throughout the day on Wednesday as a joint session of Congress meets to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE's electoral victory.

More than 100 House Republicans and roughly a dozen GOP senators have indicated they will contest the election certification process, an action that will trigger hours of debate in both chambers. The effort is ultimately guaranteed to fail given that a challenge would need support from both the House and Senate.


Since Biden was projected as the winner of the election in November, Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have claimed without evidence that widespread voter fraud led to an unfair election and launched a series of legal challenges across the country that hit dead ends.

Several lawsuits from the Trump campaign contesting the result in key battleground states have been dismissed and election results were certified in every state before being sent to Congress for final approval this week.

Trump has also pressured Vice President Pence to "do the right thing" and "come through" for him when he presides over the certification process in Congress on Wednesday, though the vice president lacks authority to unilaterally block the certification.

Republicans in the Senate were also dealt a blow overnight Tuesday when the Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE in one of Georgia's runoff elections, putting Democrats one seat closer to winning the majority in the upper chamber. A second race between Republican David Purdue and challenger Jon Ossoff was too close to call as of Wednesday morning, though Ossoff was leading.

Trump campaigned earlier in the week for Loeffler and Perdue. Loeffler said late Monday that she supports senators who will contest Biden's win.