Republican Party Sparks Backlash with 'Trump Won By a Landslide' Post: 'What Happened to You?'

The Republican Party drew ire from several public figures on Thursday night after it posted a quote from the Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell claiming that President Donald Trump had "won by a landslide" at the 2020 election.

A number of political staffers, professors and media figures were critical of the post, arguing that the claims were "insane" and implying that the stature of the GOP had declined as it seemed to endorse the Trump campaign talking point.

Quoting Powell in a tweet yesterday, the GOP said: "We will not be intimidated...We are going to clean this mess up now. President Trump won by a landslide. We are going to prove it. And we are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom."

The party also shared a video of Powell laying out Team Trump's electoral fraud allegations at a press conference with Rudy Giuliani, the ex-New York City mayor and President Trump's personal attorney. At the time of writing, the clip has been watched more than 2.4 million times.

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Reacting to the post, the ex-Republican communications staffer Doug Heye tweeted: "I've organized many press conferences at the location, but nothing like this. This is insane and dangerous. If you're [Republican National Committee] staff and *this* doesn't make you resign, you own this."

Frank Luntz, the Republican political consultant and pollster, said the clip wasn't "sane stuff" as he replied to their viral video.

Walter Shaub, the ex-Office of Government Ethics director, offered an equally plain response: "What happened to you?"

"The Republican Party is advocating the disenfranchisement of millions of voters and an overt coup of our government," Fred Wellman, an adviser to the anti-Trump Lincoln Project super PAC, tweeted. "They are no longer a Party for the American people. They are a criminally seditious organization."

Another adviser to the never Trump campaign group, John Sipher, said the post marked the "suicide of a political party" in one tweet.

The GOP also took flak from across the aisle as Democrats and at least one third party weighed in against the tweet.

"This behavior from Donald Trump's team & GOP is wildly, dangerously divorced from reality," the Green Party said. "Trump remains an opportunistic infection, a disastrous result of the sustained erosion of our public institutions over decades. The system produced him. We must change the system."

Jared Henderson, a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Arkansas, argued that the Republican Party was not longer an "honorable" group on the center right of U.S. politics as he reacted to the tweet.

"I'm left of center in my politics, but I have no problem saying that America is better off with a constructive, honorable right of center party making its case," he said, sharing the clip. "We won't have that until the GOP burns to the ground a new party rises from its ashes."

Newsweek has contacted the Republican National Committee for further comment. This article will be updated with any response.