Republican lawmakers condemned Trump after the president made a series of baseless claims that people were trying to ‘steal’ the election from him.
WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize Trump on Thursday after the president made a series of baseless claims that people were attempting to ‘steal’ the election from him.
The remarks, which the president gave from the White House, included baseless claims that the election was riven with fraud and corruption and came as former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead in the race grew.
“If you count the legal votes I easily win. If you count the illegal votes they can try to steal the election from us,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room. There is no evidence of illegal voting or election fraud.
After the 17-minute speech, Republicans swiftly took to social media, several urging for patience as votes were counted and pleading for the president to stop attacking the integrity of the election.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. and an Air Force veteran, has repeatedly criticized the president for his attacks on the election process but after Trump’s speech, said, “this is getting insane.”
“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,” he wrote on Twitter. “STOP Spreading debunked misinformation…This is getting insane.”
Retiring Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd was similarly blunt but used some of the strongest language among Republicans in condemning the president’s rhetoric, calling it “dangerous.”