Trump undermining democratic process – Republicans
London, Nov. 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-President Trump’s broadcast on Thurday where he officially rejected the yet to be announced result of the November 3 election has attracted serious reprimand from among his fellow republicans
In the address, Trump focused on states he had won. And he talked about the leads he’d had in key swing states on Tuesday night, claiming without evidence that they were being taken away from him now by fraud.
He lashed out at pollsters, ballot-counters and Democrats and promised a flurry of lawsuits, although he presented no evidence of electoral misconduct.
He claimed ballots were being counted without observers (even though they are) and attributed the late surge by Biden in mail balloting to fraud
Already Republican officeholders are distancing themselves from Trump’s remarks, perhaps wary of tying themselves too closely to a man who could be on the precipice of defeat.
The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, said there is “no defence” of the comments President Trump made at his White House briefing.
In a post on Twitter he said the remarks were “undermining our democratic process
There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process. America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before. No election or person is more important than our Democracy. https://t.co/BOO2iaTsEf— Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) November 6, 2020
At the briefing, Trump accused Democrats – without evidence – of trying to “rig” the election.
Illinois Republican representative Adam Kinzinger also took to Twitter, saying: “If you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court. Stop spreading debunked misinformation.”
We want every vote counted, yes every legal vote (of course). But, if you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court. STOP Spreading debunked misinformation… This is getting insane.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) November 6, 2020
Ron Christie, who worked in President George W Bush’s administration, told the BBC’s Katty Kay that he was disappointed with Trump’s statement.
He said it was not up to the president to decide whether any votes were legal or illegal, and urged him to “stay on the sidelines” and let the votes be counted.
“Yet again, a missed opportunity for the president to be presidential in this razor-thin vote,” he added.
Christie, who was working for the Bush campaign in Florida during the infamous recount in the 2000 presidential election, said the two candidates back then had stayed quiet to avoid ratcheting up tensions among supporters.