In another move by Senate Republicans to position themselves for a probably Donald Trump loss….
The party Senate lawmakers have rebuffed Donald Trump’s announcement that results may never be known….
Yesterday it became known that Senate Republicans want it known that can and will work with a Biden admin if Trump loses….
Things ARE sliding away from Trump around the edges …
Senate Republicans on Thursday forcefully rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the 2020 election results might not be accurately determined, but largely declined to address previous bipartisan conclusions that such rhetoric aids foreign adversaries.
Trump, who has frequently made comments that undermine confidence in the electoral process and once suggested delaying the election, tweeted on Thursday morning that the “result may never be accurately determined, which is what some want.”
The president’s assertions have been based on unsubstantiated claims about mail-in voting, which is expected to be widespread this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. intelligence officials have also warned that foreign actors, including the Russian government, have amplified similar claims in order to instill doubt in the process.
Twitter officials flagged Trump’s tweet as “potentially misleading statement regarding the process of mail-in voting” — and many GOP senators agreed.
“It’s just not accurate,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said when asked whether Trump’s comment was inappropriate.
“I don’t think we’ll have inaccurate election results,” Rubio added. “They may take a lot longer than they ever have because of the amount of mailed ballots that are going to come in and so forth. But I don’t have any concerns about the accuracy of the election.”
In a recent report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously endorsed the conclusion that U.S. officials and candidates “should use the absolute greatest amount of restraint and caution if they are considering publicly calling the validity of an upcoming election into question.”
“Such a grave allegation can have significant national security and electoral consequences,” including aiding foreign intelligence services, the report adds.
Republicans largely refused to employ that language when asked about the president’s tweet, instead saying simply that they disagree with him.
“I’m confident the election process is going to work just fine,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said, though he declined to weigh in on whether Trump’s suggestion was appropriate.
“We will know the results of the November election,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) added….