Is U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas’ senior member of Congress’ upper chamber going to tell his constituents if he is supporting President Donald J. Trump in the fight against the 2020 Election Fraud?
As many GOP senators across the nation are experiencing, Cornyn’s office is fielding record breaking numbers of calls, email and internet contact requests asking how and if he will support President Trump. Cornyn is an important part of the Congress majority leadership.
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Cornyn followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in blocking an attempt to pass the bill that would increase stimulus checks to $2,000.
When I called Cornyn’s Washington D.C. office at 202-224-2934, a recording indicated the mailbox was full.
Many supporters are receiving form reply messages back from Cornyn’s office similar to this:
Cornyn also voted to overturn the president’s veto of the annual defense spending bill. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sided with Trump to sustain it.
Twelve other senators, conservatives, RINOs, and liberals joined Cruz in voting against overriding the veto.
Cornyn, who secured re-election in November, appeared on CNN last month expressing concerns about fellow Texan Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas was joined by numerous state Attorneys General in the attempt to overturn election results in the battleground states Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
“I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it,” Cornyn said told CNN. “Number one, why would a state, even such a great state as Texas, have a say-so on how other states administer their elections?”
“We have a diffused and dispersed system and even though we might not like it, they may think it’s unfair, those are decided at the state and local level and not at the national level,” he said.
To many Texan supporters, they interpreted Cornyn as similar to RINO Mitt Romney (UT), a frequent adversary of Trump.
Romney described the Texas lawsuit as “just simply madness. The idea of supplanting the vote of the people with partisan legislators is so completely out of our national character that it’s simply mad.”
The last straw for numerous Cornyn supporters was the Senator’s December acknowledgment that Democrat Joe Biden won Electoral College vote.
“He’s president-elect subject to whatever additional litigation is ongoing,” Cornyn told CNN. “Subject to any other litigation that could occur between now and Jan. 20 the answer is yes.”
CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju tweeted Cornyn”s statement which caused controversy within his supporter base and put a deep division between him and other Republican Texas political leaders.
On the National Defense Authorization spending bill, Cornyn’s support helped Congress obtain their first veto override of the Trump administration.
The House of Representatives delivered the more than two-thirds of the chambers’ votes necessary to override the Trump veto. With this Senate action, the Defense budget becomes law.
The stimulus measure could come up for another vote with the new Congress, which will be sworn in on Sunday.
Texas Republicans in the House who sided with Trump’s push to increase the amount of pandemic stimulus checks to $2,000 per person included
Reps. Michael Burgess of Pilot Point, Bill Flores of Bryan, Kay Granger of Fort Worth, Will Hurd of San Antonio, Michael McCaul of Austin and Pete Olson of Sugar Land.
“As president, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people,” Trump said.
Before it was overturned, the House last Monday had voted 275-134 in favor of the larger payouts – which was a rare occurance of uniting Trump with congressional Democrats.
“Giving checks to those whose income has not been affected is an affront to those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by government, and it will not change the need to safely reopen America’s economy,” Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, said in a news release.
Others joining Roy in voting “no” were Reps. Jodey Arrington of Lubbock, Brian Babin of Woodville, Kevin Brady of The Woodlands, Michael Cloud of Victoria, Michael Conaway of Midland, Dan Crenshaw of Houston, Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Lance Gooden of Terrell, Van Taylor of Plano, Mac Thornberry of Clarendon, Randy Weber of Friendswood and Roger Williams of Austin.