- Renowned Republicans condemned President Donald Trump’s unfounded claim Wednesday morning that he had won the election.
- Trump’s statement was reportedly a non-democratic attempt to sabotage the outcome, still unclear hours after his remarks as the votes continued to count.
- Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, and former Trump national security adviser John Bolton all strongly criticized the statement.
- Republican election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg told CNN: “It was a traumatic moment for me as a longtime Republican.”
- “This is an extremely flammable situation, and the president just needs to throw a match in it,”; said Fox News host Chris Wallace.
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted that the results will only be known “after every legitimate vote has been checked.”
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Prominent Republicans and conservative commentators have joined in condemning President Donald Trump’s unfounded claim that he won the election.
Trump early Wednesday morning gave a short speech at the White House in which he said “to be honest, we won this election.”
However, there was no clear winner when he made a comment, and millions of votes have yet to be counted.
Trump described the fact that not all votes were counted on election night – a normal aspect of US elections – as a “major fraud against our nation” and repeated without his assertive evidence that vote by mail had resulted in voter fraud.
The statement was not unexpected; An Axios report last week indicated that Trump was planning to declare election night victory if it seemed he was “ahead” on the outcome soon.
Many Republican celebrities lined up to condemn Trump early Wednesday morning.
“I was very upset by what I heard the president say,” said former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
“The president is often prone to blush and rage and discomfort about the way he is being treated,” he told CNN. “I don’t have a problem … I think Joe Biden said the same things, ‘I think I won’, and that’s fine. You think you won, that’s great.
“But the idea of using the word fraud, and fraud being carried out by those who count the votes, is false.”
He added: “I understand the frustration of the president because some states are not being called as soon as he would like, but at the same time he is complaining about one of those states called Arizona. I understand that. the president feels like It’s a complaint against him and one way or another, here’s another example of how the media don’t treat him fairly, and I’m just saying I don’t Can’t agree further in this case. “
AAaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 4, 2020
Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey state, told ABC News that “not as a former governor but as a former US attorney”, “just had no basis to make that argument. tonight.”
He said: “All these votes have to be counted now. In Pennsylvania, the counting of votes won’t even start until tomorrow or Thursday or Friday because the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has extended three date when you can accept ballots. I understand that there may be an argument based on that based on Pennsylvania law, but that argument is later. Tonight’s not the time to make this argument. “
When asked if Trump’s announcement of an early victory was a political move, Christie said: “Yes, but it has to be bigger than that.”
He added: “I think by doing this early, if there is a mistake in it later on, he has downplayed himself, calling attention to that flaw.
“I think it was a bad strategic decision, it was a bad political decision, and that is not the kind of decision you would expect someone to make tonight, who holds the position he is in. Hold.”
—ABC News (@ABC) November 4, 2020
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio became the first incumbent Republican senator to appear to publicly criticize Trump’s statement late Wednesday, posting in his tweet: “The results of the presidential race will be known after all legitimate votes have been checked. “
John Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor, said the president’s comments “are some of the most irresponsible comments a US president has ever made.”
He told Sky News: “He was questioning the integrity of the electoral process purely for his own political advantage. It was a disgrace.”
—SkyNews (@SkyNews) November 4, 2020
Republican election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg told CNN that “for a president saying we are going to legally strip us of the right to vote,” he added, “It’s a a moment of grief for me as a longtime Republican. “
Fox News host Chris Wallace said Trump’s private reference to the Supreme Court plan, the basis of which was unclear, was “extremely annoying and to be honest, I don’t think that’s what. The courts allow it. “
“This is an extremely flammable situation, and the president just needs to throw a match in it,” he said.
“He didn’t win these states. Nobody said he won these states. The states didn’t say he won.
“This goes back to what Joe Biden said is that the president must not say he has won the states – the American people say it, the state officials can claim it.”
AAaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 4, 2020
Right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted that Trump’s claim of victory was “deeply irresponsible.”
The election was too close to call at time of writing, with Joe Biden predicted to win 227 Electoral College votes and Trump expected to win 213. Expected results depend on results in key battlefield states Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Joe Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, on Wednesday morning described the president’s statement as “outrageous, unprecedented and inaccurate” and as a “naked endeavor. to take away the democratic rights of American citizens. “