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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 TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress 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 offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits 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 BrooksCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Trump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC 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 HawleyFive takeaways from CPAC 2021 CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues 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 GohmertNIH director: Mask politicalization may have cost 'tens of thousands' of lives in US Democrats should make the 'Bee-Gees' the face of the Republican Party GOP lawmakers call for Pelosi to be fined over new screenings 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.