After President Donald Trump’s stunning warning on Wednesday that “we’re going to have to see what happens,” there are growing questions about the willingness of Republican lawmakers to stand up to Trump if he refuses to accept the will of voters.
And raising new concerns that the administration is leveraging executive power to shore up the President’s political goals, the Justice Department claimed it was probing “potential issues with mail-in ballots” in Pennsylvania after the discovery of nine discarded ballots.
When talking about the transition of power, President Trump as he so often does, barged ahead, seeking to drive home his case that the vote may be rigged.
“We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be,” President Trump told.
“The President says crazy stuff. We’ve always had a peaceful transition of power. It’s not going to change,” said Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said he was confident Republicans would ensure such a peaceful transition if necessary.
“Republicans believe in the rule of law, we believe in the Constitution, and that’s what dictates what happens (in) … our election process and so yes.”
“If there’s a court challenge to the election, it will be decided in court. And the loser of the challenge will accept the results,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said.
Benjamin Ginsberg, a veteran Republican election lawyer, told on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” that there was no significant evidence of mass voter fraud in the US elections.
“There is a body of evidence, but it’s a really small body of evidence that has been collected on fraudulent ballots over the years. And it is far too thin, just isolated cases of fraud, to make the allegation, the assertion that our elections are fraudulent or rigged.”