GOP rep introduces resolution to condemn lawmakers calling for Trump to concede 'prematurely'

GOP Rep. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyFour states to feature primaries with two incumbents in 2022 West Virginia lawmaker slams GOP colleague over support for infrastructure law McBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines MORE (W.Va.) introduced a resolution Tuesday backing President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE’s efforts to contest the results of the presidential race and condemning lawmakers who press Trump to concede. 

The resolution marks the latest instance of an ally of the president throwing their support behind his long-shot legal battles to overturn his loss to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE.

The legal campaign has been based on evidence-challenged claims of widespread election fraud, and nearly every lawsuit seeking to subvert the results has been thrown out of court. States have already begun certifying their results, but the vast majority of GOP lawmakers will not acknowledge Biden’s victory. 

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Mooney is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line lawmakers who have tied themselves closely to the White House during the Trump administration. His resolution affirms support for Trump’s efforts to “investigate and punish election fraud” and “calls upon all Members to support all electoral investigations until a fair and accurate count is verified.” 

“I hope my House GOP colleagues today choose to adopt this resolution supporting President Trump’s efforts to count every legal vote and investigate and punish election fraud. I call on my fellow colleagues in the House GOP Conference to join me in sending a strong, united message of support for President Trump. No Republican member should prematurely call on President Trump to concede before these investigations are complete,” Mooney said in a statement.

The resolution was first offered at the House Republican Conference meeting Tuesday morning, though it is a non-starter in the Democratic-controlled House.

Mooney’s legislation comes as Trump ramps up his efforts to convince state legislators to help him overturn the results in key battlegrounds and pressure members of Congress from acknowledging Biden’s victory.

“25, wow! I am surprised there are so many. We have just begun to fight. Please send me a list of the 25 RINOS. I read the Fake News Washington Post as little as possible!” Trump tweeted after The Washington Post released a list of GOP lawmakers who had acknowledged the president’s defeat. 

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Trump also offered praise for Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksJudge questions Trump's claim of 'absolute immunity' in Jan. 6 lawsuits Alabama GOP gears up for fierce Senate primary clash Democratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign MORE (R-Ala.), who said he would try to challenge the Electoral College votes when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to certify the election, a shoutout that still goes a long way with a base that remains loyal to the president. 

Mooney’s vocal support for Trump’s dwindling legal campaign could pay dividends with the party faithful in West Virginia. The state, which currently has three GOP-held House seats, is expected to see its House delegation cut down to two, possibly resulting in a fierce Republican primary battle for one of the remaining districts.