Romney, Sasse Denounce Trump’s Election Conspiracy Allegations
Republican senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska have blasted Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election results by floating baseless conspiracy theories.
The rebukes from both lawmakers came on the same day that Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his legal team made a series of implausible, unsubstantiated conspiracy allegations that the election was stolen from Trump.
Thursday evening Romney tweeted: “Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 20, 2020
Sasse said, “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.”
The Nebraskan, who was one of the first Republicans to recognize Joe Biden as President-elect, also said, “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.”
At a time when nearly all Congressional Republicans have either supported the president or declined to reject his unfounded allegations of voter fraud, Romney’s 57-word statement was the strongest GOP reprimand to date of Trump’s post-election efforts to stay in power.
Other members of the GOP are slowly beginning to join the “show us the evidence” chorus. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa said claims made by Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell were “outrageous” and “offensive.” In a Fox News Radio interview Ernst said that while Trump has the right to mount court challenges to the election results, “there does nave to be proof.”