The mainstream media has called the U.S. presidential election in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a claim echoed by virtually all Democrats and even some establishment Republicans, even as President Donald Trump challenges the election results.
But Trump isn’t alone here. Many prominent Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), support Trump’s demands that evidence of voter fraud and irregularities be investigated.
The president also appears to have the backing of the Republican National Committee, in terms of funding and other resources, in his demands for audits and recounts as well as legal challenges in several states.
GOP senators, governors on Trump’s side
According to a disapproving piece from New York Magazine’s Intelligencer, a number of prominent elected Republicans have gone on record in support of President Trump’s calls for investigating allegations of fraud in the election.
Those would include Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (AR), Ted Cruz (TX), Lindsey Graham (SC), Josh Hawley (MO), and even Marco Rubio (FL). Also of note are Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis (FL) and Kristi Noem (SD), to name just a few.
The Lexington Herald-Leader noted McConnell’s insistence that “Every legal vote should be counted” and “any illegally-submitted ballots must not.” The paper also noted that Trump’s claims have also garnered support from Kentucky’s Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie.
Scalise and Biggs: Keep investigating
The Washington Examiner reported that the most loyal support for President Trump’s allegations of election fraud and demands for investigation comes from House Republicans, including a member of the leadership team and two prominent members of the House Freedom Caucus.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), in reference to the collection of sworn affidavits of fraudulent activity and irregularities compiled by Trump’s legal team, told reporters, “And there’s some very alarming allegations made with those affidavits. … Those allegations need to be answered. The fact that in multiple swing states where laws were broken or at least witnesses have sworn testimony that those laws were broken in the states, that’s something everybody should be concerned about, and it’s got to be answered in court.”
House Freedom Caucus chair Andy Biggs (R-AZ), in response to media assertions that Trump was undermining democracy and national security with his claims, said, “The Democrats have attacked the guy when he was running for office. You had officials spying. You had all of this stuff going on. On the transition, they evoked the Logan Act on Michael Flynn doing the same thing that Joe Biden himself has been doing.”
“Don’t talk to me about undermining election and credibility. We haven’t even had a single state certified yet,” he added.
Jim Jordan weighs in
Then there is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) who, when asked if Republicans should continue to challenge the election results, told the Examiner, “I think we should. You know, we got 24 days until the Electoral College has to meet. I think we should look at all these irregularities. We got several affidavits of people who said that strange things are happening in these states, so I’m for investigating all of it.”
“Frankly, I’m surprised at the Democrats” who are dismissive of the claims, he added. “The same people who told us that you can trust everything about this election are the same people who told us you can believe the Steele dossier, the same people who told us you should believe the anonymous impeachment whistleblower. So, yeah, we need to get to the bottom of it all.”