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For the second time in as many days, Donald Trump’s come out within the hallowed halls of the White House, frothing with venom and lies about an election which is slowly but inexorably slipping away from him.
Trump’s public remarks Thursday were so untrue, so vile–and so unbecoming for the American democracy–that many mainstream TV news networks refused to air them out of a sense of responsibility to the truth and reality.
More than that, solid one-time Republican allies are starting to bail on this president.
Trump began his lies by calling his efforts an “attempt to protect the election.”
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us,” he continued, all of which was pure fabrication.
From the morning after the election when Trump first falsely began to claim victory in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, state governors, secretaries of state and state election officials across the country pushed back hard on Trump’s allegations.
Megan Wolfe, the state of Wisconsin’s top elections administrator, for instance, held an informative press conference in which she emphasized that all of the counting ongoing was lawful and was being carried out under the rubric of the laws laid down by the elected lawmakers of the state.
But even more damning: former New Jersey governor Chris Christie slammed Trump for his false and irresponsible rhetoric.
Christie’s decision to confront Trump is even more significant because only weeks ago, the Republican former governor was loyally at Trump’s side as part of the president’s debate prep team.
Indeed, apparently that’s where Christie picked up COVID-19 which landed him in a hospital intensive care unit.
But Thursday, a recovering Christie came out swinging against Trump, telling him essentially to either put up or shut up when it comes to these outlandish claims.
“We heard nothing today about any evidence,” Christie said on ABC. “This kind of thing, all it does is inflame without informing. And we cannot permit inflammation without information.”
The truth is that Democrat Joe Biden is legitimately much closer to the necessary 270 electoral college votes, although neither nominee has actually yet reached that threshold outright.
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