Despite widespread predictions that the Democratic Party would expand on its congressional majority in last month’s election, the controlling party actually emerged with the general election with a slimmer lead.
After the House Democratic caucus had been reduced to just 222 members, a mere four more than needed to maintain a majority, the GOP faced its own loss when a Republican lawmaker announced he would be leaving the party.
“As though we are a third-world nation”
Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan reportedly communicated his intentions in a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel, criticizing President Donald Trump for refusing to accept media election results declaring Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of last month’s race.
“It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote,” he asserted.
According to the ex-Republican, it is “unacceptable” for Trump to criticize the U.S. Supreme Court “because its judges, both liberal and conservative, did not rule with his side or that ‘the Court failed him.'”
As far as Mitchell is concerned, the nation’s founders made it their “objective to insulate the Supreme Court from such blatant political motivations.”
He acknowledged that “administrative errors and even some fraudulent voting likely occurred” in the recent election but nevertheless believes the president is wrong to claim that these irregularities amounted to a Biden victory.
“He lost because of dwindling support”
Trump and his lawyers have not provided the “substantive evidence of fraud or administrative failure on a scale large enough to impact the outcome of the election,” the lawmaker concluded.
The two-term congressman argued that the president’s loss in his state was attributable to a drop in support among traditional Republicans.
“President Trump did not lose Michigan because of Wayne County, but rather he lost because of dwindling support in areas including Kent and Oakland County, both previous Republican strongholds,” he said.
Despite his assurances, a recent poll by Morning Consult and Politico found that roughly 70% of Republicans believe the recent election was not conducted fairly.
As a Trump campaign message delivered on Monday made clear: “We will NEVER surrender.”