Republicans disassociate themselves from Trump over electoral fraud

On Twitter, Texas parliamentarian Will Hurd denounced a "dangerous and bad" tactic, and called for all ballots to be counted.

The embarrassment was visible to the Republican Party in the United States on Friday after the unfounded accusations of presidential fraud made by Donald Trump: several heavyweights support him, but voices are raised to condemn the "dangerous" strategy of disinformation of the leader, on the way to losing the White House to Democrat Joe Biden.

"The president's speech last night bothered me a lot because he made some very, very serious allegations without any evidence," Republican Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey said Friday morning on CBS. "I am not aware of any major fraud."

On Twitter, Texas parliamentarian Will Hurd denounced a "dangerous and bad" tactic, and called for all ballots to be counted.

"STOP spreading discredited disinformation ... This is going completely crazy," tweeted colleague Adam Kinzinger, admittedly a regular critic of Mr. Trump.

"Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy. This process is often long and, for candidates, frustrating," Mitt Romney said in a less scathing but equally disapproving statement. "If there are accusations of irregularities, there will be investigations and ultimately justice will decide."

The greatest followers of Mr. Trump as one man quickly and fully sided with Donald Trump.

"I am here tonight to support President Trump as he supported me," said Senator Lindsey Graham, re-elected Tuesday after a difficult campaign in South Carolina.

"I can tell you the president is angry and I am angry, and voters should be angry," Ted Cruz told presenter Sean Hannity, whose Fox News show is one of the billionaire's favorites. .

But most of the Republican elected officials kept their distance, while playing it safe not to alienate the man who will be president at least until January 20, and could keep on the conservative movement a considerable influence even in the event of defeat .

- "Falsehood in the mouth" -

The very powerful and able Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell, got away with the obvious: "Every legal vote must be counted. Any ballot submitted illegally must not be. All parties must observe this process. And the courts are there to apply the law and resolve disputes. "

He therefore does not admit that there was fraud.

Karl Rove, the former eminence grise of George W. Bush who himself snatched the presidency in 2000 after a judicial guerrilla war in Florida, also pointed out that fraud on hundreds of thousands of ballots vote, in multiple states, would require a plot worthy of a James Bond movie.

A few party stars strayed - but cautiously - from this ridge line.

Thus Senator Marco Rubio, Mr. Trump's rival in the 2016 primaries but who has become a supporter of Trumpism like almost his entire party for four years, does not directly criticize the president, preferring to recall a series of democratic principles.

But he also tweeted a passage from the Old Testament, without comment: "The perverse man, the wicked man, Walks falsehood in his mouth. Proverbs 6:12".

These men don't want to insult the future. Unlike Mr. Trump, Senate Republicans were well positioned to retain their majority, and power, in January.

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