Trump praises Alabama football coach for GOP effort to overturn the election
Donald Trump during a White House press briefing. (Naresh777 /

On Thursday, former football coach and Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville suggested that he might join with fellow Republican Alabama lawmaker Mo Brooks to challenge the result of the Electoral College when Congress moves to ratify the presidential election in January.

On Twitter that evening, outgoing President Donald Trump praised his efforts, and urged other Republicans to "do something!"

Despite these invocations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has privately told his colleagues not to bother with this plan, and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) told CNN correspondent Manu Raju, "I would hope he wouldn't do that." The challenge would be doomed to failure, as the House could quickly dismiss it.