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Wall Street Journal editorial board knocks Trump's 'embarrassing Electoral College hustle'

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE’s “embarrassing Electoral College hustle” in an op-ed Wednesday as he digs in on his refusal to concede last month's election to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE.

The op-ed comes as Trump pushes congressional Republicans to go along with a long-shot bid led by Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race GOP lawmaker deletes tweet that appeared to mistakenly reveal email password The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris take US goals abroad MORE (R-Ala.) to object to the Electoral College vote when it comes before Congress next week. The effort is not likely to secure a majority in either chamber.

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyConcerns grow over China's Taiwan plans GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack MORE (R-Mo.) on Wednesday became the first senator to back the move to overturn the election results.

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“Republicans should be embarrassed by Mr. Trump’s Electoral College hustle,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote.

The board says that the move will be used by Democrats to “excoriate Mr. Trump a final time on his way out the door, and grown-ups in the Republican Senate are unlikely to play along.”

The president and his campaign have failed to produce evidence of widespread voter fraud, and their legal challenges to the results in several swing states have failed.

Trump and his allies have now turned the pressure on Vice President Pence, saying he has the power to invalidate electors. Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertWray grilled on FBI's handling of Jan. 6 Gohmert asks if federal agencies can change Earth's or moon's orbits to fight climate change Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe MORE (R-Texas), along with some Arizona Republicans, sued Pence after he refused to join their attempt to subvert the results of the election.

“Mr. Trump is putting his loyal VP in a terrible spot, and what do Republicans think would happen if Mr. Pence pulled the trigger, Mr. Biden was denied 270 electoral votes, and the House chose Mr. Trump as President? Riots in the streets would be the least of it.”

The board added that the scramble “tarnishes” Trump’s legacy and “undermines any designs he has had on running in 2024.”

Biden won 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, and Biden’s popular vote margin over Trump is more than 7 million votes.