Even Senior Republicans speak out against Trump’s election claims

Courtesy of the US News article link below as well as other sources like Business Insider, The Guardian and The Hill, here are a few quotes from several senior Republican leaders regarding the election claims of the president.

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania “I saw the president’s speech last night and it was very hard to watch. The president’s allegations of large-scale fraud and theft of the election are just not substantiated. I’m not aware of any significant wrongdoing here,” Toomey said on “TODAY.”

Senator Mitt Romney of Utah – Per The Hill, Romney, in a statement posted to Twitter, said the president was “right” to “exhaust legal remedies,” including asking for recounts and that alleged voting irregularities be investigated, but “wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen. Doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the Republic and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions,” Romney added.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida – Per US News, Rubio, who ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries and campaigned for for the president in recent weeks, tweeted ‘The result of the presidential race will be known after every legally cast vote has been counted. Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud,” he wrote. “And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression.”

Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska –  The Senators echoed the sentiment in the same US News article below, saying the votes should be counted. Lee asked people to “allow the vote counters to do their job.”  We should respect that process and ensure that all ballots cast in accordance with state laws are counted. It’s that simple,’ Portman said, while Murkowski urged “everyone to be patient.’

Congressman Adam Kinzinger of IllinoisPer US News, “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,” tweeted Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

Congressman Will Hurd of Texas (and former CIA officer) – Per US News, Hurd of Texas, who is retiring, went further. He accused the president of undermining the foundations of the country. “A sitting president undermining our political process & questioning the legality of the voices of countless Americans without evidence is not only dangerous & wrong, it undermines the very foundation this nation was built upon. Every American should have his or her vote counted,” Hurd tweeted.

German foreign minister Heiko MaasPer The Guardian: The German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said: “America is more than a one-man show. Anyone who continues to pour oil on the fire in a situation like this is acting irresponsibly. Now is the time to keep a cool head until an independently determined result is available.”

‘”In order for the result – which has not yet been determined – to be accepted, everyone must first show restraint. Decent losers are more important for the functioning of a democracy than radiant winners.”

These voices are not alone. They speak for many. We need to be patience and trust the people, who appear to take their job with seriousness of purpose and try to get it right, to finish counting the votes. Recounts can occur if warranted per each state law. And, a candidate can bring lawsuit if he or she thinks there was a problem. Yet, disparaging a process before and while it is going on is beyond poor form. The word used a few times above is “irresponsible.”


15 thoughts on “Even Senior Republicans speak out against Trump’s election claims

  1. He continues to demonstrate his childish lack of decorum. I noted one media station cut off his latest rant – refused to give further voice to his baseless rants. A welcome shift.

    • VJ, childish is the operative word. As noted by the above, denouncing the process is reckless. Saying it plainly as his niece did, Trump will burn down the building to win. He is that thin skinned. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: I am delighted the AP has called the race and Joe Biden/ Kamala Harris are set to be the next president and vice-president. Of course, there will be more machinations from the incumbent, but this is a very good sign.

  3. Note to Readers: Here is one more of several Congress people who has shared concerns about Trump per Newsweek.

    Representative Paul Mitchell, a Republican representing Michigan’s 10th District, shared a similar message in a Thursday Twitter post.

    “Every legal vote should and will be counted—as they always are. Where there are issues there are ways to address them. If anyone has proof of wrongdoing, it should be presented and resolved. Anything less harms the integrity of our elections and is dangerous for our democracy,” Mitchell wrote. The GOP congressman did not seek re-election after announcing his retirement from Congress in July 2019.

    “A legally cast vote does not become ‘illegal’ simply because a candidate does not like the vote—let’s remember this is AMERICA,” Mitchell tweeted on Friday.

  4. Methinks some of them are starting to distance themselves from Trump in hopes of saving their own careers. Would have been nice if they had been willing to honestly object to his behaviours and actions before they saw the handwriting on the wall. Still, these are better than the ones like Giuliani who are still supporting Trumpian claims of voter fraud and stirring the pot.

      • Jill, Vlad is probably working to dig up fake claims of fraud. I saw where the QAnon winner in Georgia is spouting conspiracy BS. How come they could not see the real conspiracy that has been staged for the last six months by the president? It was overt, yet people took an untruthful person at his word. Keith

  5. To celebrate the elevation of Mr Biden to the position of the 46th president and the rejection of the 45th Mr Trump, I’ll share a 280 character Tweet [fortunately I don’t have, nor will ever have an account.]

    Hobartian congratulates the USA’s return to the normal world. A warm welcome back to the Community of Nations where political discourse is not conducted in 280-character twittering, is civil courteous & diplomatic.
    This world is CAPELESS, not disturbed by 2am incoherent tweets.
    Mr Biden, 2am tweet? “Good Night Y’all Sleep Well!”

  6. Thank you for posting this. Many have been surprised that the Aussie leader refused to denounce Trump’s machinations on fraud. So glad the German foriegn minister had the gumption to speak out. History will show Mr T in an awful light and it is deserved.

    • Amanda, I am sure foreign leaders are being cautious, as Trump is a vindictive person. Yet, what Trump is doing now is not a surprise as he has been planning for this moment for six months with his mail-in votes are bad schtick. About eight months ago, comedian John Oliver who has one of the best news shows around, with comedy thrown in, said you know we will have to drag Donald Trump out of the White House. He will refuse to leave. Keith

  7. Note to Readers: Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine adds her name to the list of those congratulating Joe Biden and noting where Trump should seek redress if he has issues.

    “First, I would offer my congratulations to President-elect Biden on his apparent victory — he loves this country, and I wish him every success,” she said. “Presidential transitions are important and the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20th.”

    The senator from Maine also addressed the president’s claims of fraud and irregularities.

    “I understand that the President and others have questions about the results in certain states,” Collins said. “There is a process in place to challenge those results and, consistent with that process, the President should be afforded the opportunity to do so.”

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