Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, has joined fellow Republican Mitt Romney to pushback against President Donald Trump’s attempts to contest the election with frivolous lawsuits and claims of fraud, arguing that Trump’s lawyers have “refused to actually allege grand fraud” in court.
“Wild press conferences erode public trust. So no, obviously Rudy and his buddies should not pressure electors to ignore their certification obligations under the statute. We are a nation of laws, not tweets,” Sasse said on Thursday, according to Politico.
Sasse also blasted the Trump campaign for trying to overturn the election results in Michigan.
“When Trump campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud — because there are legal consequences for lying to judges,” Sasse said. “President Trump lost Michigan by more than 100,000 votes, and the campaign and its allies have lost in or withdrawn from all five lawsuits in Michigan for being unable to produce any evidence.”
The statement from Sasse is perhaps the most pointed Republican rebuttal yet to Trump’s weeks-long refusal to accept the results of the presidential election.
Later Thursday night, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said the Trump campaign’s pressure tactics on election officials amount to an attempt to “subvert the will of the people.”
“It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President,” Romney said. Romney was the only Republican to support removing Trump from office during his impeachment trial.
As noted by Politico, “Republicans have mostly declined to criticize Trump’s ongoing effort to overturn the election, but a growing number of Republicans in the Senate are starting to admit that Trump has little path to the White House. They’re also increasingly questioning the tactics that the Trump campaign is resorting to.”
“They have to be able to show that proof. I haven’t seen proof yet,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) on Fox News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show.” She said the best venue for their allegations is the courts.