It looks like a few Republicans got around to growing a spine over the weekend. On Sunday, key members of the GOP dropped by the morning talk shows to suggest that perhaps it was time for President Trump to concede. Their courageous confessions came after the Trump campaign has lost or been forced to withdraw more than 30 of their baseless election fraud lawsuits.
The latest blow to their efforts came on Saturday when a Pennsylvania judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of votes in the hotly contested state. "It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution," wrote Judge Matthew Brann of the US District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. According to Judge Brann, Trump’s allegations “failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted."
Reacting to the judge’s decision, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said in a statement it was now certain that “Joe Biden won the 2020 election and will become the 46th President of the United States.” He added, “I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory. They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and for our country.”
On ABC News’ “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos referenced Toomey’s statement before asking his guest, former Governor Chris Christie, if it was time for Trump to concede. “Yes, and here's the reason why,” replied Christie. “The president has had an opportunity to access the courts, and I said to you, you know, starting at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, if you have got evidence of fraud, present it. The legal team has been a national embarrassment.”
Governor Christie then brought up a separate incident in which Trump campaign lawyer Sydney Powell alleged that Brian Kemp, the Republican Governor of Georgia, was involved in kickbacks to public officials. “Sidney Powell accusing Governor Brian Kemp of a crime on television yet being unwilling to go on TV and defend and lay out the evidence that she supposedly has is “outrageous conduct,” Christie said.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan offered a similar scathing critique of the president’s efforts to overturn the election on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Discussing Trump’s recent meeting with Michigan legislators, Hogan said, “Look. I thought the pressuring of the legislators to try to somehow, you know, change the outcome with electors was completely outrageous. Quite frankly, we used to supervise elections around the world and we were the most respected country with respect to elections.” Hogan continued, “Now we are beginning to look like we are a banana republic. It’s time for them to stop the nonsense. It is more bizarre every single day and, frankly, I’m embarrassed that more people in the party aren’t speaking up.”
Even Trump loyalist Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) admitted that time was running out for the president. Speaking to Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press,” Cramer said of the lawsuits, “we’ve yet to see a real hearing where evidence was presented.” He then encouraged Trump to begin the transition process, saying it was “past time to start it.”
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