On Thursday night, there was reported to be some serious tension in the White House. The nation hadn’t seen from President Trump for over a day, with the Commander in Chief attempting to disseminate his mood via Twitter, but the social media platform had other plans for that.
Earlier in the day on Thursday, with no clear winner yet called in the 2020 election, Joe Biden took to the stage briefly, to update the American people as to how his coronavirus briefings were going. It was a slick PR stunt that attempted to make Biden look as though he’s already begun assuming power, and many in the media were quick to pick up on it.
Never one to be upstaged, Trump then took to the podium in the White House press room to tell the nation that he had likely won the election and that he’d fight until the bitter end to remain in power.
There were several notable Republicans who took umbrage publicly.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “We heard nothing today about any evidence. This kind of thing, all it does is inflame without informing. And we cannot permit inflammation without information.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah): “The president … is wrong to say that the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen — doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world, weakens the institutions that lie at the foundation of the Republic, and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.): “I saw the president’s speech last night and it was very hard to watch. The president’s allegations of large-scale fraud and theft of the election are just not substantiated. I’m not aware of any significant wrongdoing here.”
Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): “No Republican should be okay with the President’s statements just now. Unacceptable. Period.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R): “There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process. America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before. No election or person is more important than our Democracy.”
Joe Biden is set to make a public appearance after 8pm on Friday evening, in which he is expected to make his strongest case for winning yet, perhaps without declaring victory itself.
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