CLEVELAND — In the early morning hours Wednesday, hundreds of Ohioans will board buses headed to Washington, D.C. to protest the result of the 2020 presidential election as a joint session of Congress votes on the acceptance of the Electoral College votes.
“I expect all our buses to be pretty full coming out of Lorain County,” said Kirsten Hill with Free Ohio Now.
Tom Hach will be on one of the buses leaving from Cuyahoga County. He will be among the thousands of Ohioans heading to the capital because they believe there has been voter fraud in key battleground states.
“The powers that be need to recognize that there are a lot of people who believe they are not represented and that is a problem. When you’re in a democratic republic and a large population believes they are being misrepresented, we truly have a problem,” said Hach with Free Ohio Now.
Ohioans are expected to be outside of the White House and U.S. Capitol Wednesday. They say it’s not about who is in the White House, it’s about making sure how he got there is fair.
“We’re not arguing about whether Donald Trump won or not. We’re arguing about whether we are a nation that can conduct a fair election or not,” said Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director Portage County Tea Party and President We The People Convention.
The groups’ grievances mirror those of President Trump, who insisted at a rally in Georgia Monday night he was cheated out of victory, even though Democratic and Republican election officials in the battleground states that Biden won have repeatedly verified the results and have said there has been no widespread voter fraud that would affect the outcomes of the presidential election in their states. The repeated attempts by the president’s legal team to challenge election results in court have also failed.
While some members of the House from Ohio have expressed their intention to challenge the Electoral College results in Congress on Wednesday, Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, said he will not.
“I voted for President Trump, campaigned for him as one of his Ohio co-chairs, and believe his policies are better for Ohio and America,” he said. “But after two months of recounts and legal challenges, not a single state recount changed a result and, of the dozens of lawsuits filed, not one found evidence of fraud or irregularities widespread enough to change the result of the election. This was the finding of numerous Republican-appointed judges and the Trump Administration’s own Department of Justice. Every state has now weighed in and certified its electoral slate based on its vote and the process set out in the Constitution.”
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