Warm Southern Breeze

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Republicans Caught Suddenly Growing Backbone

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

In response to the President’s most recent false claims made at a quickly-convened 2:35 AM Wednesday early morning campaign press conference in the White House, that counting legally-cast ballots in states like Pennsylvania “is a major fraud on our nation,” numerous Republican leaders have suddenly not only openly contradicted his false and maliciously scurrilous remarks, but blatantly repudiated them in some cases. For some, it’s a rare occurrence to criticize him, or to bite the political hand that feeds them, for those presently in office.

In pertinent part, he said,

“So we won there, we lead [present tense] by 76,000 votes, with almost nothing left. And all of a sudden, everything just stopped. This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election… frankly, we did win this election. So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation. We want… the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list, okay? It’s, it’s a very sad… it’s a very sad moment. To me, this a very sad moment. And… we will win this, and as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it. So I just want to thank you.”

• Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky:
“Claiming you’ve won the election is different from finishing the counting.”

• Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on ABC News:
“There’s just no basis to make that argument tonight. There just isn’t. All these votes have to be counted that are in now. You have to let the process play itself out before you judge it to be flawed. And by prematurely doing this, if there is a flaw later, he has undercut his own credibility. So I think it’s a bad strategic decision, it’s a bad political decision, and it’s not the kind of decision you would expect someone to make tonight who holds the position he holds.”

• Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger replied on Twitter:
“Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. When the results are confirmed, we must accept the outcomes with respect for our democracy.”

• Florida Senator Marco Rubio remarked on Twitter:
“Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud.”

• Maryland Governor Larry Hogan:
The President’s remarks are “outrageous and uncalled for and a terrible mistake. Regardless of where you stand on this race and what party you are, and who you voted for, most Americans really want a free and fair election process, and they want us to count the votes.”

Utah’s Republican Senator Mike Lee said:
“It’s best for everyone to step back from the spin and allow the vote counters to do their job.”

• Utah’s Republican Governor-elect Spencer Cox Tweeted:
That the claims were “garbage” and that “there is nothing nefarious about it taking a few days to count all legitimate votes.”

Ohio Senator Rob Portman said:
“Under our Constitution, state legislatures set the rules and states administer our elections. We should respect that process and ensure that all ballots cast in accordance with state laws are counted. It’s that simple.”

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Tweeted:
After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes. After recount in 2016 Presidential race in WI, @realDonaldTrump numbers went up by 131. As I said, 20,000 is a high hurdle.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton said:
The remarks were “some of the most irresponsible comments that a President of the United States has ever made… It’s a disgrace.”

• Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said on CNN:
I was “very distressed by what I just heard the president say. The idea of using the word ‘fraud’ being committed by people counting votes is wrong. They’re counting the absentee and mail-in ballots right now. And some counties have stopped counting. Why have they stopped counting? Because it’s 2:48 in the morning!”

• Republican Arizona Governor Doug Doucey said:
“Arizonans turned out in historic numbers for this election, and we owe it to them to count their votes.”

• Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said:
“If the president loses on that front, then he loses. We win by ballots, not by bullets … and we’ve got to keep reminding ourselves of that.”

 

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