Republican congressman Rep. Fred Upton, of Michigan, issued a forceful rebuke of President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud in his state, saying that it is time for Trump to accept that he lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden.
“It’s over,” Upton declared during an interview on CNN’s “Inside Politics” on Sunday, breaking with the president who has been insisting that the election was stolen from him.
“The voters have spoken,” he told CNN host Dana Bash. “No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse. All 83 counties have certified their own election results. Those will be officially tabulated or should be tomorrow. We expect that process moves forward and let the voters, not the politicians, speak.”
He also warned about delaying the peaceful transition of power.
“The longer this lasts, languishes, the time escapes from us from seeing a peaceful transition to the next administration. By not allowing the security briefings, the health briefings, the normal transition from one president to the next, only brings about more uncertainty and threatens that peaceful transition that would otherwise — that would certainly undermine the next administration.”
“We’re Americans,” he forcefully asserted. “We need this process to work. This time from the November 3rd until January 20th, traditionally has been one that allows the two candidates to shake hands, to figure out what the transition is going to be, to make sure the American people, those not in the government, are, in fact, benefitted because of that transition. And when you slow it down, when you fail to certify the results, when you add all this uncertainty, it only makes it very problematic for the next administration to start with the feet hitting the ground.”
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