'This is getting insane': Republicans say Trump's attacks on election integrity are dangerous

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Falsely declaring victory whereas votes are nonetheless being counted, President Donald Trump threatened to ask the Supreme Courtroom to halt the counting of legally forged absentee ballots, which he described as a “fraud.” USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers had been fast to criticize Trump on Thursday after the president made a sequence of baseless claims that people were attempting to ‘steal’ the election from him. 

The remarks, which the president gave from the White Home, included baseless claims that the election was riven with fraud and corruption and got here as former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead in the race grew

“Should you rely the authorized votes I simply win. Should you rely the unlawful votes they will attempt to steal the election from us,” Trump advised reporters within the White Home briefing room. There’s no evidence of illegal voting or election fraud.

After the 17-minute speech, Republicans swiftly took to social media, several urging for patience as votes had been counted and pleading for the president to cease attacking the integrity of the election.  

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-In poor health. and an Air Power veteran, has repeatedly criticized the president for his assaults on the election course of however after Trump’s speech, mentioned, “that is getting insane.” 

Reality verify: We checked Trump’s speech about the election. Here’s what we found.

“We would like each vote counted, sure each authorized vote (after all). However, when you’ve got legit considerations about fraud current EVIDENCE and take it to court docket,” he wrote on Twitter. “STOP Spreading debunked misinformation…That is getting insane.”

Retiring Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd was equally blunt however used a number of the strongest language amongst Republicans in condemning the president’s rhetoric, calling it “harmful.” 

“A sitting president undermining our political course of & questioning the legality of the voices of numerous People with out proof isn’t solely harmful & mistaken, it undermines the very basis this nation was constructed upon,” he wrote on Twitter. “Each American ought to have his or her vote counted.”

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Fellow Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell, of Michigan, pressured the necessity to preserve confidence within the nation’s election course of, writing on Twitter that if a candidate “has proof of wrongdoing, it ought to be offered and resolved. 

“Something much less harms the integrity of our elections and is harmful for our democracy,” Mitchell mentioned. “I’ve skilled each losses and victories in elections. Losses harm deeply – I do know that personally. However our nation calls for that its political leaders settle for each wins and losses with grace and maturity. Let the voters resolve.”

Extra: Donald Trump’s aides are increasingly gloomy – and mad at other GOP officials

Extra: Trump said he wanted to stop ‘all voting’ but Republicans urge patience 

Sen. Mitt Romney, the Utah Republican who regularly clashes with the president, additionally chimed however did not explicitly criticize the president, stressing for People to “place confidence in democracy” and the Structure. 

“Counting each vote is on the coronary heart of democracy. That course of is commonly lengthy and, for these operating, irritating,” he wrote on Twitter. “The votes will likely be counted. If there are irregularities alleges, they are going to be investigated and finally resolved within the court docket.

Whereas some Republicans chided Trump over the remarks, others appeared to agree along with his assertions of election fraud, although with no proof of the declare.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, an in depth ally of the president who gained a troublesome election in South Carolina, mentioned on Fox Information Thursday evening “the allegations of wrongdoing are earth shattering”

He mentioned “every little thing ought to be on the desk” as a part of Trump’s struggle, including, “I don’t belief what’s occurring.”

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell didn’t touch upon Trump’s newest assault on the election. In an interview on Fox Information, Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy echoed Trump’s declare: “President Trump gained this election.”

The condemnation from Republicans on Trump’s election assaults prolonged past Congress. 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, was blunt: “There isn’t any protection for the President’s feedback tonight undermining our Democratic course of. America is counting the votes, and we should respect the outcomes as we all the time have earlier than. No election or particular person is extra vital than our Democracy.”

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who voted for Biden, mentioned each Republican ought to have problem with Trump’s remarks. 

“No Republican ought to be okay with the President’s statements simply now,” he mentioned on Twitter. “Unacceptable. Interval.”

Reality verify: False claims have been spreading about Election Day. We fact checked viral ones and found false claims.

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