WASHINGTON (AP) – Leading Republican lawmakers, including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election, even GOP leaders urged White in a more neutral tone – and others. Home to fight.
Romney, now a senator from Utah, said that Trump was within his rights to request a resolution and call for an investigation where evidence of impropriety exists.
But Trump said it was wrong to call the election rigged, corrupt and stolen, on Romney. Trump’s claim “harms the cause of freedom here and around the world … and incites reckless destructive and dangerous passions,” Romney said.
Romney’s remarks came in the form of GOP Sen. Pat Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania – whose state presidential election is an important battleground where votes are still tallied – calling Trump’s fraudulent claim “very disturbing.”
“There is simply no evidence that anyone has shown me any widespread corruption or fraud,” Toomey said on “CBS This Morning.”
Tommy said, “The president’s speech last night was very disturbing to me because he made very serious allegations without any evidence.”
Although he voted for Trump, “I want the next president to be the one who legitimately wins the Electoral College and I’ll accept whatever, y Tommy said.”
Trump, who complained for weeks about mail-in ballots, increased his charges The White House said late Thursday that the counting process was unfair and corrupt. Trump did not back up his claims with any details or evidence, and state and federal officials have not reported any instances of widespread voter fraud.
Yet Senate Leader Mitch McConnell struck a more neutral tone, and other top Republicans more explicitly urged Trump to fight to defeat Democrat Joe Biden.
“Every legal vote should be counted,” McConnell tweeted on Friday morning. “All parties must follow the procedure.”
McConnell later extended testimony during a later press conference in Kentucky when repeatedly asked to say more. “Other than that, I have nothing to say,” McConnell said. “It doesn’t matter how many times you ask that I have already given my answer.”
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the GOP leadership, said on Friday that Trump’s campaign was making inconsistent arguments.
“You can’t stop counting in one state and decide whether you want the count to continue in another state. Maybe that’s how you want the system to work, but that’s not how the system works. Does, ”Blunt said at the Capitol.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a more confrontational tone, it is wrong that Trump won the “election” – even though officials in many states are still counting Americans’ ballots.
“So everyone who’s listening, don’t shut up, don’t shut up about this.” We can’t let that happen in front of our very big eyes, “Fox News said Thursday.” “Join together and let’s make it happen.” Stop it. “
The split showed Trump still holding on to his party, especially after Congressional Republicans won seats in the House and are running for re-union with the president in the Senate.
A top Trump aide, Sen. Lindsey Graham, told reporters on Friday that he supports Trump’s efforts to challenge Trump’s vote in several states to be called in the presidential race. The South Carolina Republican said he has spoken to the Trump campaign and expects evidence of voting irregularities on the surface in the next 48 hours, but also said it was for the Trump campaign to make the case.
While he is “not assuming” that Biden is going to win the presidency, Graham said he would try to work with a potential Democratic administration. “It’s important to me, and that is, to be a solid conservative, fight like hell to stop a radical agenda for the conservative cause, but also recognize that if Biden wins, he’s the president, and with him Try to work when we can, ”said Graham.
Other GOP senators, governors and other elected officials increasingly pitted against Trump.
Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential 2024 presidential hopeful who has often criticized the president, disproportionately said: “There is no defense tonight to shorten our Democratic process for presidential comments. America is counting votes, and we should respect the results as we always have. “
Trump’s tweet on Thursday announced the victory and called for officials to “stop” as they were testing how he could keep Republicans in line as he tried to challenge the voting process in court We do.
Before Trump’s speech in the White House briefing room, many Republicans challenged his efforts to curb vote-counting In Pennsylvania and other battlegrounds.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, urged that “everyone should be patient as the results unfold.” It is important that we give election officials time to complete their jobs, and we ensure that all duly cast ballots are allowed and counted, ”she said in a statement.
Rape Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who did not seek reelection, called Trump’s comments about corruption “dangerous” and “wrong.” Trump’s remarks undermine the American political process and “the very foundation of this country.” Was built, ”said Herd.
While Biden was close to Friday for the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House, it was unclear whether a national winner would be determined after a long time dominated by the coronovirus epidemic and its effects on the American and national economy .
Associated Press authors Mary Claire Jalonic and Lisa Mascaro in Washington and Meg Kinnard at SC contributed to this report.