Ex-GOP Speaker Ryan denounces effort to challenge Electoral College results

Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan condemned efforts by a group of Republican lawmakers to reject the electoral votes from some states, saying Sunday that it is “difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act.”

“Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republican,” Ryan, a former GOP congressman from Wisconsin who retired in 2018, said in a statement. He called the expected action from House and Senate Republicans a “federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans.”

“The fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy,” Ryan added.