‘No election is more important than our democracy.’ Maryland governor Larry Hogan slams Trump’s claim of vast ‘big money, big tech and big media’ conspiracy against him as GOP rep calls it ‘insane’
- Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger were among the first Republicans to be critical of President Donald Trump’s remarks
- Trump stood in the White House briefing room and alleged a conspiracy by ‘big media, big money and big tech’ was waged against him
- ‘STOP Spreading debunked misinformation…,’ Kinzinger tweeted. ‘This is getting insane.’
- Hogan said there was ‘no defense for the president’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process’
Maryland‘s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger were among the first batch of Republicans to call out President Donald Trump for his rambling appearance at the White House Thursday where he claimed a massive vote fraud conspiracy while offering no evidence.
‘There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process,’ Hogan tweeted. ‘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.’
Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, echoed the sentiment.
‘We want every vote counted, yes every legal vote (of course). But, if you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court. STOP Spreading debunked misinformation…,’ Kinzinger tweeted. ‘This is getting insane.’
A handful of Republicans came out quickly and condemned remarks President Donald Trump said Thursday night from the White House podium, where he alleged a conspiracy of voter fraud that is robbing him from an electoral victory, as Democrat Joe Biden is ahead
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, tweeted that it’s ‘getting insane’ for Trump to spread ‘debunked misinformation,’ as he put it
Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who’s long been a Trump critic, tweeted that ‘No Republican should be okay with the President’s statements just now. Unacceptable. Period’
William Cogswell, a Republican who just won a South Carolina House seat, said he was ’embarrassed and ashamed’ by what Trump said
Kinzinger was joined by two former Republican members of the U.S. Senate, Rick Santorum and Jeff Flake, in castigating Trump’s remarks.
‘No Republican should be okay with the President’s statements just now. Unacceptable. Period,’ tweeted Flake, who’s long been a Trump critic
Santorum was on a panel on-air at CNN following Trump’s speech.
‘I hope that Republicans will stand up at this moment and say to Trump what needs to be said,’ Santorum said.
William Cogswell, who just won a seat in the South Carolina House, also slammed the president.
‘As a Republican who just won in a Blue district, I am embarrassed and ashamed by what I just heard from POTUS,’ Cogswell tweeted.
Of course, Democrats were critical too.
‘No American, regardless of political party, should be okay with the president’s statements. Unacceptable. Dangerous. Period,’ wrote Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat who represents Maryland.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, portrayed Trump as unhinged.
‘The president needs help. Those were the rantings of a desperate, defeated man,’ he tweeted. ‘The most dishonest speech ever delivered from behind the presidential seal. He is trying to set our democracy on fire. Where is the “party of the Constitution” now?’
And Rep. Katherine Clark, Massachusetts Democrat, begged other Republicans to speak out.
‘Republican colleagues, our democracy needs you,’ she wrote. ‘Speak up for voters and against Trump’s false attacks on the integrity of our elections. Show us that you love this country and everything we stand for.’