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Republican slams ‘dangerous’ Trump

It seems that even some Republicans are growing doubtful about Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims, with one governor even slamming the President’s unwillingness to accept the election outcome as “dangerous”.Maryland Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, called on Mr Trump to either publicly release any evidence he has of voter fraud or to allow a smooth transition…

It seems that even some Republicans are growing doubtful about Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims, with one governor even slamming the President’s unwillingness to accept the election outcome as “dangerous”.

Maryland Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, called on Mr Trump to either publicly release any evidence he has of voter fraud or to allow a smooth transition of power to Joe Biden.

“I think if the President and his team have real evidence of widespread voter fraud, they should come forward with it,” he said during a recent news conference when asked about Mr Trump’s legal claims.

“This is the way it works in America. We, we cast the votes, we count the votes, and we live with the results.

He added: “I think most people realise that this election is over.”

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Mr Hogan said that Mr Trump had the right to mount legal challenges if he had a solid reason to believe voter fraud was committed, but said he was yet to see any compelling evidence that would turn the election result in his favour.

The Maryland Governor said not allowing Mr Biden’s team to start the normal presidential transition process was actually putting American citizens at risk.

“It’s really dangerous, I think, in the middle of this pandemic, this economic collapse, people dying across the country, to not have a transition. Is the old coronavirus task force going to be making decisions, is the new one?”

“It’s crazy. We’ve got to move on.”

Mr Hogan was one of the first Republican leaders to congratulate Mr Biden on his election win and since then a number of other party members have followed suit.

However, there are still a few Republicans that have avoided calling on Mr Trump to concede the election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of the notable holdouts. He has refused to acknowledge Mr Biden’s victory and expressed support for Mr Trump’s fraud claims.

Mr Hogan said he was “disappointed” in the actions of some of his fellow Republican Party members.

“I was disappointed frankly, and I said so earlier with the some of the responses from Leader McConnell and others who have a completely different take on it and I think it’s a mistake,” he said.

“I think it’s a mistake for the country. It’s a mistake for the Republican Party and especially as we have the Senate hanging in the balance and two run-off elections in Georgia, doing anything to tarnish the brand and have cost us votes is a pretty, pretty significant thing.”

Signs of cracks in the Republican Party started to show when Mr Biden started to gain momentum in key states, prompting Mr Trump to first voice his claims of voter fraud and call for the count to be stopped.

At the time, Mr Hogan said there was “no defence” for the President’s comments, which he claimed undermined the democratic process.

“No election or person is more important than our democracy,” he said.

Representative Will Hurd called Mr Trump’s call to stop vote counting “dangerous and wrong”.

Mr Trump’s campaign team has already filed a string of lawsuits relating to voter fraud across key states, with many of his submissions already being knocked back.

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On Monday, he filed another complaint with the US District Court, seeking an emergency order to prevent Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar from certifying the election results.

The lawsuit alleged that some 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots were received and processed in Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties alone, “without review by the political parties and candidates”.

Mr Trump’s lawyers argue that Pennsylvania election officials ignored legal requirements around mail-in ballots – which made up more than 2.6 million of the around 6.75 million votes – and that Republican observers were prevented from “observing the receipt, review, opening and tabulation” of those ballots.

“Those mail-in ballots are evaluated on an entirely parallel track to those ballots cast in person,” the filing says.

“In a rush to count mail ballots and ensure Democrat Joe Biden is elected, Pennsylvania has created an illegal two-tiered voting system for the 2020 general election, devaluing in-person votes.”

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