Senior Republicans Speak Out Against Donald Trump's Election Claims

Prominent Republicans have spoken out against President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and other irregularities as vote counting continues.

Former Vice President Joe Biden took the lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania on Friday but the president was on Twitter before the news broke alleging there was illegal voting.

"I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape, or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!" Trump wrote.

Trump made a similar claim at the White House on Thursday and some prominent elected Republicans criticized the president's unproven allegations, with some calling on him to produce evidence if he has it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the media on Tuesday that "claiming you've won the election is different from finishing the counting," according to PBS.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries and campaigned for for the president in recent weeks, tweeted "The result of the presidential race will be known after every legally cast vote has been counted."

"Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud," he wrote. "And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression."

Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rob Portman of Ohio echoed the sentiment, saying the votes should be counted. Lee asked people to "allow the vote counters to do their job."

"We should respect that process and ensure that all ballots cast in accordance with state laws are counted. It's that simple," Portman said, while Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska urged "everyone to be patient."

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... This is getting insane.

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) November 6, 2020

"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," tweeted Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

"This is getting insane," he wrote. His colleague, Congressman Will Hurd of Texas, who is retiring, went further. He accused the president of undermining the foundations of the country.

"A sitting president undermining our political process & questioning the legality of the voices of countless Americans without evidence is not only dangerous & wrong, it undermines the very foundation this nation was built upon. Every American should have his or her vote counted," Hurd tweeted.

"Every legal vote should and will be counted - as they always are," said Congressman Paul Mitchell of Minnesota.

"Where there are issues there are ways to address them. If anyone has proof of wrongdoing, it should be presented and resolved. Anything less harms the integrity of our elections and is dangerous for our democracy.

"I have experienced both losses and victories in elections. Losses hurt deeply - I know that personally. But our nation demands that its political leaders accept both wins and losses with grace and maturity. Let the voters decide."

The Republican governors of Ohio and Maryland, Mike DeWine and Larry Hogan, both stressed that every vote should be counted. Hogan called the president's remarks "outrageous and uncalled for and a terrible mistake," according to the Baltimore Sun.

Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said any irregularities would be handled by the courts, adding: "Have faith in democracy, our Constitution and the American people."

Trump Speaks at the White House
President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, in Washington, D.C. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. Several prominent Republicans have criticized Trump's claims. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images