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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

Family-friendly community a drawcard for new buyers

first_imgVilla World’s $200 million The Meadows at Strathpine is a near sellout. Buyers Crisalyn and Marvin Tenio with daughter’s Autumn and Winter.First homebuyers are snapping up property at Villa World’s $200 million The Meadows, with stage three almost sold out.Following strong sales and the success of stage one late last year, The Meadows has fast tracked construction.The Strathpine development on Brisbane’s northside has secured 137 sales since its launch 18 months ago which Villa World Development Queensland director Peter Johnson attributed to the family-friendly aspect of the community.“The Meadows’ parklands which includes a playground, walking track, exercise stations and community gardens has been a real drawcard for young families, where they are able exercise, socialise and relax,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“Our residents feel comfortable knowing their neighbours have also bought at The Meadows for its sense of community and family-oriented focus.”Mr Johnson said The Meadows was one of Villa World’s Active8 communities, with a 2km cycle loop, sit-up benches, push-up bars and a range of interactive exercise stations.Marvin and Crislayn Tenio and their two daughters moved into their four-bedroom home at The Meadows after realising their budget would not get them far in Sydney.“Our family did a weekend trip to inspect homes around Brisbane, but nothing came close to the product and value we were getting at The Meadows,” Mrs Tenio said.“We managed to stick to our budget, getting a brand-new family home that we love, and we were also entitled to the first homeowners grant, which was a real bonus.’’The Meadows feature a collection of contemporary family homes and will comprise 393 homes upon completion.last_img read more

Authorities investigate fatal shooting out side of Fort Lauderdale mosque

first_imgThe Broward Sheriffs Department is currently investigating a shooting that left one person dead outside of a mosque in Fort Lauderdale.The incident occurred around 11:30 am in the area of Northwest 25th Avenue and Franklin Drive.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, witnesses reported that a man’s body could be seen on the ground near a black SUV that had several bullet holes in it.It was also reported that a gun could be seen next to the body and that the incident may have been a deputy involved shooting. Those reports, however, have not yet been confirmed.This is a developing story.last_img read more

Germany beat Sweden to win women’s football gold

first_imgBy Andrew DownieRIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Germany won their first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football yesterday when they turned in a superior second half performance to beat Sweden 2-1.The no. 2 ranked Germans, who are now one of only three women’s teams to win both the Olympics and World Cup, scored two goals in the second half, and although the Swedes got a goal back they could not get a second to take the game into extra time.Sweden, who scored just three goals in their five games before the final, started more positively than their previous form suggested, but Germany started to impose themselves as time went on and the best chance of the half fell to Anja Mittag after 25 minutes.Leonie Maier’s curling shot was only parried by the Swedish keeper and the ball fell to Mittag just yards from goal but she blasted the ball high and wide.The sides were evenly match but things changed in the second half and it was the Germans who deservedly took the lead three minutes into the second period.When they did it was a goal worthy of a cup final. Dzsenifer Maroszan gathered a cross ball on the edge of the box and had time to steady herself before curling a perfect strike into the top right hand corner of the net.They extended their lead 14 minutes later thanks to an unfortunate own goal. A Sara Daebritz free kick from 20 yards smacked the post and Linda Sembrandt tried to clear but instead kneed the ball into her own goal from just a few yards out.Sweden reacted almost immediately and just five minutes later Stina Blackstenius pulled them back into the game. Olivia Schough hit a beautiful low cross into the box from the right and Blackstenius slid in between two defenders and poked the ball home to cut the deficit.Schough had a great chance to level the scores three minutes from time but her shot was blocked just yards from goal.The win was a perfect farewell for German coach Silvia Neid, who was managing the side in her last match.Germany missed out on the Olympics in 2012 but won the bronze the last three times they played, in 2000, 2004 and 2008.last_img read more