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WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize Trump on Thursday after the president issued a series of unfounded statements that people were trying to ‘steal’ the election from him.

Comments made by the president from the White House, including baseless claims that the election was rife with fraud and corruption, came when former Vice President Joe Biden took the lead in the race.

“If you count the number of legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us,” Trump told reporters in his conference room. The White House. There was no evidence of illegal voting or electoral fraud.

After a 17-minute speech, Republicans quickly posted on social media, many calling for patience as the votes were counted and begging the president to stop attacking the integrity of the campaign. vote.

Representative of Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. and an Air Force veteran, who repeatedly criticized the president for his attacks on the election process but after Trump’s speech, said, “this is getting crazy.”

Reality check: We examined Trump’s speech about the election. Here’s what we found.

He wrote on Twitter: “We want every vote to count, to have every legitimate vote (of course). But, if you are concerned about legal fraud, present EVIDENCE and take it to court.” “STOP The spread of false information has already been revealed … This is getting insane.”

Retired Texas Rep. Will Hurd is equally blunt but has used some of the strongest language among Republicans to condemn the president’s rhetoric, calling it “dangerous. “.

“An incumbent president is undermining our political process and questioning the legitimacy of the voices of countless Americans without evidence that is not only dangerous and flawed, but it also undermines the foundation the country has built, “he wrote on Twitter. “Every American should have his or her vote counted.”

Trump’s speech: Trump made unfounded statements about attempts to ‘steal’ the election as Biden’s lead increased

The network does not broadcast: Fox, CNN reported on Trump’s deceitful speech, MSNBC decreased

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Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell, of Michigan, stressed the need to maintain faith in the country’s electoral process, writing on Twitter that if a candidate “has evidence of misconduct, should be presented and resolved.

“Anything less harms the integrity of our elections and jeopardizes our democracy,” Mitchell said. “I have gone through both loss and victory in elections. The losses hurt deeply – I personally know that. But our nation requires their political leaders to accept. accept both victory and loss with consideration and maturity. Let the voters decide. “

Than: Donald Trump aides are increasingly bleak – and furious at other GOP officials

Than: Trump said he wanted to stop ‘all votes’ but Republicans called for patience

Sen. Mitt Romney, a member of the Utah Republican Party, who often clashes with the president, is also cold-hearted but does not clearly criticize the president, emphasizing Americans “have faith in democracy” and the Constitution.

He wrote on Twitter: “Tallying every vote is central to democracy. That process is often lengthy and for those who are running, very uncomfortable.” “The votes will be tally. If there are anomalous allegations, they will be investigated and finally resolved in court.

The Republican condemnation of Trump’s election attacks went well beyond Congress.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, bluntly: “There are no excuses for tonight’s President’s comments undermining our Democracy process. America is counting votes, and we must respect the results as we always have. There is no election or people more important than our Democracy. “

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who voted for Biden, said every Republican should have a problem with Trump’s remarks.

“Not a single Republican can be fine with the President’s statements,” he said on Twitter. “Unacceptable. Time period.”

Reality check: False statements were circulating about Election Day. In fact, we tested contagious people and found the false claims.

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