As President Donald Trump rages over the US presidential election results, some of his Republicans in Congress have hinted that he should tone down his rhetoric.
Votes are still being cast in the highly competitive battlefield states of Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina three days after the election. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has a growing lead over Trump, a Republican who could bring him victory.
Among Trump’s repeated and unfounded allegations of electoral fraud, Senator Roy Blunt, a member of the Republican leadership, told reporters that the White House must “at some point” be able to bring such allegations to justice and produce evidence.
“I also don’t think it’s unreasonable for … Biden to accept the unofficial result and do whatever he thinks is right,” added Blunt.
This unofficial outcome could happen as early as Friday as Biden plans to address the nation that evening.
During his campaign, Biden said he would work to heal the deep political divisions in the United States. That work could be hampered if Trump convinced at least part of the country that Biden’s victory was illegal.
According to a Reuters / Ipsos poll published Thursday, 30% of Republicans accept Trump’s claim that he won the election, but a bipartisan majority of Americans do not.
Trump said in a White House statement Thursday: “If you count the legal votes, I win easily.” Without producing any evidence, he accused the Democrats of “trying to steal an election”.
Some senior Republicans supported the president’s claims. Kevin McCarthy, minority leader of the House of Representatives, told Fox News, “President Trump won this election. So, anyone who is listening, don’t be silent.”
Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, an avid Trump supporter, told Fox News that he was ready to donate $ 500,000 to Trump’s legal efforts in multiple states.
The Republican National Committee is aiming to raise at least $ 60 million to fund Trump’s litigation, sources told Reuters.
But other Republicans in Congress have not been as excited about a protracted battle and its toll on America when it becomes clear that Biden won the election fair and campaign.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman, whom Trump easily won Tuesday, reiterated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for ballot papers to be counted according to state law.
“I hope we can find a final solution as soon as possible,” he said in a statement.
Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, knows the agony of defeat. But he scourged Trump for claiming the election was stolen.
“This harms freedom here and around the world … and ignites ruthlessly destructive and dangerous passions,” Romney said on Twitter.
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