The tirade delivered this Thursday by the President of the United States, Donald Trump – in which, once again, he report voter fraud without evidence to support your allegations nor a court to endorse them -, has meant a break between the president and his inner circle of advisers with the Republican Party, whose leadership is scrupulously silent, and with its communication arm, the conservative channel Fox News, which could even become, Against all expectations, in the first medium to confirm the victory of his rival, Democrat Joe Biden.
Reactions to the appearance have once again highlighted the differences that have always separated Trump from the Republican party he claims to represent. Without going any further, on Wednesday’s election night, after Trump declared his electoral victory in full recount, the Republican leader in the Senate and, for all intents and purposes, the party’s chief executive outside the White House, Mitch McConnell , left no doubt of his position: “Saying you’ve won the election and waiting for the count to finish are two different things”.
Again this Friday, McConnell has joined the more or less official line that the Republican Party has chosen to respond to this controversy: only votes whose irregularities can be demonstrated will be declared illegal by a court; a statement that downplays the president’s claim of massive fraud.
“This is how this should work in our great country: every legal vote must be counted. Any ballot sent illegally must not do so. All parties must observe the process. And the courts are here to enforce the laws and resolve disputes. This is how the votes of the Americans decide the outcome, “McConnell said.
McConnelll thus follows the line set by the vice president and unofficial party spokesman in the White House, Mike Pence, who has spent the last few days trying to recontextualize In the president’s statements as an effort to protect “the integrity of the vote,” the Trump family has devoted the last hours to condemning without palliative what they understand as a complete lack of support from the Republican caucus.
“The total absence of shares from virtually all ‘Republican presidentials by 2024’ is quite staggering,” the president’s eldest son wrote Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. “They have the perfect platform to show that they are willing and capable of fighting, but instead they cower before the media mob“, he riveted.
The total lack of action from virtually all of the “2024 GOP hopefuls” is pretty amazing.
They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.
Don’t worry @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 5, 2020
Another of the president’s daughters, Ivanka Trump, has adhered to the more moderate line imposed by Pence and McConnell: “All votes cast legally must be counted. Any vote cast illegally should not do so. There should be no discussions in this regard. This is not a partisan statement: free and fair elections are the basis of our democracy, “he announced this Friday on his Twitter account.
Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally cast vote should not. This should not be controversial.
This is not a partisan statement — free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy. 🇺🇸
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 6, 2020
Several Republicans have at least gambled on resorting to this narrative. “We have to respect the process and make sure that all ballots cast are counted according to state law. It’s that simple.”, the Republican senator settled late Thursday Rob Portman. The Republican senator for Florida also expressed the same terms, Marco Rubio – “Taking days to count votes is not a fraud,” he said on his Twitter account -.
Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud
And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 4, 2020
However, there have been few voices from the party, or even closer to the president, who have completely rejected Trump’s statements, like former New Jersey Governor and former Trump adviser Chris Christie. “As a former lawyer that I am, There is no basis for the argument I have heard tonight. There is not and I completely disagree with what I have heard, “he added.
The most forceful, however, have been the Republican representatives of cities with a Democratic majority, in particular Adam Kinzinger, of Illinois. “Enough. Period. Enough. We cannot undermine our own electoral integrity with comments like these, which can incite violence,” he said.. “This is becoming crazy”, has underlined.
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
The representative for Virginia (also in favor of Biden), Denver Riggleman, He added to the words of his partner with an even more energetic message. “I have taken the oath to defend this country and fight for the democratic ideals it represents. Let’s count all the votes, yes, butor enough talking nonsense mr president, and respect the democratic process that really makes America great, “he wrote on Twitter.
Like @RepKinzinger I took an oath to defend this country and fight for the democratic ideals it stands for. Count every vote, yes, but stop the Bravo Sierra, Mr. President, and respect the democratic process that makes America great. https://t.co/r3nOyuCToj
— Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) November 6, 2020
Even part of the ultra-conservative sector of the party has been against Trump, such as the former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee. “If the president loses, then he loses. We can never forget that here you win with votes, not with bullets.”
Trump has not only starred in a disagreement with the Republicans, but with the medium that until now has been his faithful escudero, Fox News, that the election night surprised locals and strangers by becoming the first – and, for several hours, only – means to award the victory in the state of Arizona to Joe Biden, a blow to the table of the Democratic candidate for the White House in a traditionally republican fiefdom.
Fox has not changed his position one iota despite pressure from the Trump family to rectify his estimate. According to sources from the Administration to the magazine ‘Vanity Fair’ and to CNN, Trump himself called the chain’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, to demand that they immediately retract and put the state back in the game. Murdoch declined to do so, and Fox News chief election analyst Arnon Mishkin has insisted for the past two days that his forecasts are correct, and that Biden has won the state.
The chain now grants Biden a total of 264 electoral votes, just six from the final victory. Other high-profile outlets, such as CNN, are still reluctant to concede Arizona to the vice president, so Fox News, paradoxically and in a scenario unthinkable two years ago, during the height of the president’s term, it could become the first medium to certify its defeat.