On Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer stated that Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to try and persuade Republican officials to reverse election results in key battleground states “borders on treason.”
“He is undermining the very essence of democracy, which is: You go to the poll, you vote and the people decide,” Hoyer stated. “There’s no doubt that the people decided.”
“I think this borders on treason,” he then added.
Hoyer made the comments on Thursday after a bizarre press conference held by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. During the presser, Giuliani repeated baseless claims that Trump won the election rather than President-elect Joe Biden.
“Joe Biden is in the lead because of the fraudulent ballots, the illegal ballots that were produced and that were allowed to be used after the election was over,” Giuliani stated. “Give us an opportunity to prove it in court and we will.”
Trump has filed several post-election lawsuits alleging voter fraud or voting irregularities. Several of those lawsuits have already been dropped in the key battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada where Biden received more votes than Trump.
Guiliani’s bizarre rant drew criticism from Republican lawmakers as well.
Sen. Ben Sasse stated that the “wild press conferences erode public trust.” He then added that “we are a nation of laws, not tweets.”
Sen. Joni Ernst condemned claims made by Sidney Powell, a lawyer associated with the Trump campaign, who stated that down-ballot candidates could have “paid to have the system rigged to work for them.” Powell called those statements “offensive” and “absolutely outrageous.”
Sen. Mitt Romney has also rebuked Trump and his administration’s claims of voter fraud.
“Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election,” Romney said in a statement.
“It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president,” Romney added.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have lost her bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year, but she didn’t return to the corner and remaining silent.
While speaking with MSNBC a few weeks back, Warren too blasted Donald Trump for not committing to a peaceful transfer of power and called Trump’s stance “treasonous.”
“When Donald Trump says that he is not necessarily going to accept the will of the voters, he’s flirting with treason,” Warren said. “He’s saying, the peaceful transition of power doesn’t matter to him. All that matters to him, once again, is Donald Trump and whatever Donald Trump wants.”
Warren then discussed the individuals within Congress that she dubbed Trump’s “enablers.” She stated that the Republicans’ rush to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacant seat in the Supreme Court ignores what American voters want.
Both Trump and Republican senators have openly admitted that their rush to put Judge Amy Cohen Barrett onto the Supreme Court is to give them a major advantage should the outcome of the election be legally challenged, which it now has.
“These Republicans senators, to enable him in that, to support him in that, and to start to talk about the November 3 election as if this isn’t about voters getting their choice, but it’s about Supreme Court justices getting their choice, means that they are a party to it,” Warren told MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
Warren then changed the subject to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Warren called Graham a coward.
“Lindsey Graham has simply said, ‘Donald Trump has my proxy on the [Supreme Court selection]. The Senate doesn’t need to look at it. If the president’s good, Lindsey Graham is good,’” Warren said.
Adding, “Man, there’s a man with a spine. A spine kept in a box somewhere else because he certainly doesn’t have it to exercise for himself.”