Washington – Republican reaction to President Trump baseless allegations Election fraud ranged widely on Friday, from strong agreement to strong condemnation, and among a number of carefully crafted statements supporting the idea of a fair election without any endorsement of the president’s substantiated allegations of electoral conspiracy.
“This is where it’s going to work in our big country: Every legitimate vote has to be counted,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and majority leader. wrote on Twitter FRIDAY MORNING. “Any illegally submitted vote should not. All parties must monitor the process. And the courts are here to enforce the laws and resolve disputes. “
“This is how Americans vote,” he added.
Missing from McConnell’s statement was any indication that Democrats were stealing the election through a complex national conspiracy involving opinion polls and the media, as Mr. Trump claimed without evidence in a striped press conference on Thursday. He also tacitly rejected Mr. Trump’s fruitless calls to stop counting votes in states where his first leaders were threatened or eliminated.
In a stinging statementUtah Sen. Mitt Romney said Mr. Trump, while free to call to account and present credible evidence of fraud, “is wrong to say the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen – it undermines its cause.” freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that are at the foundation of democracy, and ignites reckless destructive and dangerous passions. “
Like Mr. Trump and his tough allies supported that the vote in Pennsylvania – where his early lead for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. evaporated on Friday – badly damaged – this Republican senator, Patrick T. Tome, condemned Mr. Trump’s allegations.
“The president’s speech last night was very embarrassing to me because he made very, very serious allegations without evidence to back it up,” Toomey said. he told CBS This Morning.
“I do not know of any major fraud, any major offense,” he added.
However, some Republicans are ready to defend Mr. Trump’s position unreservedly.
“President Trump won this election,” said Kevin McCarthy, California’s spokesman for Fox News and Laura Igramham. “Everyone who listens: Do not be quiet. Do not be silent about it. “We can not allow this to happen in front of our eyes.”
Claiming poll observers were unable to watch the vote count, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wrote a link in Mr. Trump’s legitimate defense fund, with the headline, in all capital letters, “Democrats will try to steal this election.”
Governor of Ron DeSantis, Florida he even told Fox News that if Mr. Trump lacked what he called a “fair” count, then state lawmakers could consider “corrective action,” suggesting they could direct their constituents to vote against the winner of their state election.
But other Republican governors were far less supportive. The lieutenant governor of Utah, and now elected governor, Spencer Cox, he said “There is nothing miserable about the fact that it takes a few days to count all the legal votes.” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, who voted for Biden, called on Trump to comment Thursday.absolutely embarrassing“
Even Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, a superficially supportive tweet on Friday morning, did not file allegations of election fraud or theft.
“Every legitimate vote must be counted. Any illegal vote should not. “This should not be controversial,” Trump wrote. “This is not a partisan statement – free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy.”
Her words were contrary to those of her brothers, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who both filed sweeping allegations of widespread fraud. Earlier in the morning, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the baseless allegation that there is “infinitely more evidence of voter fraud than has ever been the case with the Russia Alliance, but strangely no one in the media wants to look into it.”
Ms Trump’s position also resonates on Thursday afternoon by Vice President Mike Pence, shortly after the president’s intervention, which also did not include talks or fraud.
“I stand with President @realDonaldTrump. We must count every LEGAL vote “. Mr. Pence tweeted.
Former Trump National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, who has been critical of Trump since leaving the White House last summer, has indirectly condemned his former boss without naming him.
“Republicans face a test of character” Mr. Bolton wrote on Twitter. “All candidates have the right to seek appropriate remedies for electoral law if they have evidence to support their claims. They certainly should not lie. “The first Republican president was named ‘Honest Abe’ for a reason.”
The remarks on Friday followed a wave of Republican backlash Thursday night, including some of Mr. Trump’s defenses.
“I do not trust Philadelphia,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. also on Fox News, referring to the city where voters overwhelmingly chose Mr. Biden, helping to eliminate Mr. Trump’s first lead. “I’m here tonight to stand with President Trump,” he said, echoing Mr Trump ‘s claim that mainstream polls had pushed up Democratic numbers to “suppress Democratic votes”.
But many senior Republicans are at least indirectly critical of Mr. Trump, even after Trump’s son and former campaign director complained publicly that most Republicans do not come forward to defend the ousted president.
“Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy,” said Romney wrote at night before his most powerful statement on Friday.
“There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight that undermine our Democratic process.” tweeted Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican and a frequent critic of Trump. “No election or individual is more important than our Republic.”
Several Republicans noted the lack of specific evidence of substantive offenses.
“If a candidate believes that a state is violating electoral laws, he has the right to challenge it in court and provide evidence in support of their claims.” tweeted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who posted a message Wednesday, said, “Taking counting days is not a scam. And the court disputes the votes after the legal voting deadline does NOT abolish. “
Without naming Mr. Trump, Illinois spokesman Adam Kinzinger tweeted that “if you have legitimate concerns about fraud, present EVIDENCE and refer it to court. STOP Dissemination of misleading misinformation. “
“This is becoming absurd,” he added.