WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement ahead of today’s joint session of Congress to formally affirm the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

“On November 3, the American people elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to serve as the next President and Vice President of the United States. The election results have been certified by election officials and governors of both parties in every state. In dozens of courts, both state and federal, judges across the country have repeatedly rejected baseless lawsuits seeking to overturn them.

“Yet today, a faction of my colleagues is taking up President Trump’s call to advance debunked allegations of election fraud on the floor of the Senate in a desperate bid to disenfranchise millions of American voters and keep him in office. Although these efforts – including President Trump’s disturbing call demanding that the Georgia Secretary of State ‘find’ votes to turn the election in his favor – will not be successful, the damage the President and his supporters have inflicted will long outlive his presidency. These actions have eroded the American people’s faith in the integrity of our elections and the institutions that stand at the core of our democracy.

“We face critical challenges in the months ahead, from effectively and swiftly distributing vaccines, to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding a more inclusive economy. To have any hope of success, Republicans and Democrats must work together to deliver solutions. It’s on us to decide how we move forward, and whether we show ourselves and the world that as a functioning democracy we can meet the urgent needs of our people.

“Today, as Congress votes to affirm the 2020 election, I urge my Republican colleagues who intend to challenge the results to remember the oath they swore to uphold our Constitution. Let us choose country over party, patriotism over partisanship, and protect the future of our democracy.”