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Trump’s False Election Fraud Claims Split Republicans

first_imgWithout naming Mr. Trump, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted that “if you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court. STOP Spreading debunked misinformation.”“This is getting insane,” he added. WASHINGTON — Republican reaction to President Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud ranged widely Friday, from vigorous agreement to sharp condemnations, and in between some carefully constructed statements supporting the idea of fair elections without any endorsement of the president’s fabricated assertions of an election conspiracy.“Here’s how this must work in our great country: Every legal vote should be counted,” Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, wrote on Twitter Friday morning. “Any illegally-submitted ballots must not. All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Republicans are facing a character test,” Mr. Bolton wrote on Twitter. “All candidates are entitled to pursue appropriate election-law remedies if they have evidence supporting their claims. They should certainly not lie. The first Republican president was called ‘Honest Abe’ for a reason.”The statements on Friday followed a wave of Republican reaction on Thursday night, including some defenses of Mr. Trump.“I don’t trust Philadelphia,” the newly re-elected Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, also on Fox News, referring to the city where voters overwhelmingly chose Mr. Biden, helping eliminate Mr. Trump’s early lead. “I’m here tonight to stand with President Trump,” he said, echoing Mr. Trump’s claim that “mainstream” pollsters had inflated Democratic numbers to “suppress Republican votes.”But many more senior Republicans were at least indirectly critical of Mr. Trump, even after Mr. Trump’s son and former campaign manager publicly complained that more Republicans were not stepping forward to defend the embattled president.“Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy,” Mr. Romney wrote the night before his more forceful statement on Friday.“There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process,” tweeted Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican and frequent Trump critic. “No election or person is more important than our Democracy.”Several Republicans noted the absence of any specific evidence of substantive wrongdoing.“If a candidate believes a state is violating election laws they have a right to challenge it in court & produce evidence in support of their claims,” tweeted Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who reposted a message from Wednesday in which he said, “Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud. And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression.” “That’s how Americans’ votes decide the result,” he added.Notably absent from Mr. McConnell’s statement was any suggestion that Democrats were stealing the election through an elaborate national conspiracy that included pollsters and the news media, as Mr. Trump asserted with no evidence in a rambling news conference on Thursday. It also implicitly rejected Mr. Trump’s fruitless calls for a halt to vote counting in states where his early leads have been threatened or eliminated.In a stinging statement, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said that Mr. Trump, while free to request recounts and present valid evidence of fraud, “is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen — doing so weakens the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundations of the republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.” Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 2:36 p.m. ET As Mr. Trump and his die-hard allies maintained that the vote in Pennsylvania — where his early lead over former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., evaporated on Friday — was badly corrupted, that state’s Republican senator, Patrick J. Toomey, condemned Mr. Trump’s claims.“The president’s speech last night was very disturbing to me because he made very, very serious allegations without any evidence to support it,” Mr. Toomey told “CBS This Morning.”“I am not aware of any significant fraud, any significant wrongdoing,” he added.- Advertisement – Some Republicans seem prepared to defend Mr. Trump’s position without reservation, however.“President Trump won this election,” Mr. McCarthy told the Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night. “So everyone who’s listening: Do not be quiet. Do not be silent about this. We cannot allow this to happen before our very eyes.”Claiming that poll watchers have not been able to watch vote counts, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted a link to Mr. Trump’s legal defense fund, with the headline, in all capital letters, “The Democrats Will Try to Steal This Election.” Her words were a contrast to those of her brothers, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who have both made sweeping accusations of widespread fraud. Earlier in the morning, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the groundless claim that there is “infinitely more evidence of voter fraud than there ever was of ‘Russia Collusion’ but strangely no one in the media wants to look into it.”Ms. Trump’s position also echoed one on Thursday evening from Vice President Mike Pence, shortly after the president spoke, which also did not include talk of conspiracy or fraud.“I Stand With President @realDonaldTrump. We must count every LEGAL vote,” Mr. Pence tweeted.Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton, who since his acrimonious departure from the White House last summer has become a Trump critic, indirectly condemned his former boss without mentioning his name. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida even told Fox News that if Mr. Trump were denied what he called a “fair” count, then state legislatures could consider “remedies,” suggesting that they might direct their electors to vote against their state’s election winner.But other Republican governors were much less supportive. Utah’s lieutenant governor, and now governor-elect, Spencer Cox, said “there is nothing nefarious about it taking a few days to count all legitimate votes.” Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, who voted for Mr. Biden, called Mr. Trump’s Thursday comments “absolutely shameful.”Even Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, in a superficially supportive tweet on Friday morning, made no claims of fraud or election theft.“Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally cast vote should not. This should not be controversial,” Ms. Trump wrote. “This is not a partisan statement — free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cricket News Harmanpreet Kaur given ICC honour, named captain of Women’s World Twenty20 XI

first_imgNew Delhi: Harmanpreet Kaur, whose captaincy has come under the scanner for dropping star batsman Mithali Raj in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20, has been appointed as the skipper for the ICC Women’s World T20 XI. The list includes Harmanpreet’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and legspinner Poonam Yadav, along with several star players from West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A selection panel comprising former players and commentators Ian Bishop, Anjum Chopra and Ebony Rainford-Brent, journalist Melinda Farrell and ICC’s general manager – cricket, Geoff Allardice, picked up the team on the basis of the players’ performances in the tournament.Read More |Harmanpreet-Mithali ‘spat’ throws us back to these top fights in IndiaThe list includes Australia star Alyssa Healy, who was named the player of the tournament and star all-rounder Ellyse Perry. West Indies’ Twenty20 star Deandra Dottin also features in the side along with England’s leading pacer Anya Shrubsole. There is only one Pakistan player in Javeria Khan while Bangladesh’s Jahanara Alam is the 12th player.Read More |Sourav Ganguly to Mithali Raj: ‘Welcome to the group’Australia won the ICC Women’s World T20 title for the fourth time when they defeated England by eight wickets in the final at North Sound, Antigua on Sunday. However, the appointment of Harmanpreet as skipper comes at a time when there are reports of an alleged ‘spat’ between Mithali and Harmanpreet.Dropping Mithali raises questionsA lot of eyebrows were raised when Harmanpreet decided to drop Mithali for the semi-final against England. India suffered a collapse of eight for 23 and lost the semi-final by eight wickets. Speaking after the game, Harmanpreet said the decision to bench Mithali was taken for the team. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. One game doesn’t decide whether we are a good team or a bad team.Read More |Mithali Raj’s manager lashes out at India skipper Harmanpreet KaurHowever, following then result, there were reports of an alleged ‘spat’ within the team. Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta dubbed Harmanpreet Kaur “manipulative, lying, immature and undeserving” as captain. The controversy has snowballed with the Committee of Adminstrators (CoA) demanding Mithali’s fitness logs. The CoA also sought an explanation as to how the minutes of the meeting regarding the team selection for the semi-finals was leaked to the media.ICC Women’s World T20 playing XIAlyssa Healy (Australia), Smriti Mandhana (India), Amy Jones (England, wicketkeeper), Harmanpreet Kaur (India, Captain), Deandra Dottin (Windies), Javeria Khan (Pakistan), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Anya Shrubsole (England), Kirstie Gordon (England), Poonam Yadav (India), 12th player: Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh). For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more