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“At 1 p.m. we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal. We’re hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight to protect the integrity of our elections.”
— The day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, an arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association sent out robocalls urging supporters to come to D.C. to “fight” Congress over President Trump’s baseless election fraud claims, the Washington Post reports.
“We invited each of the 12 senators involved in plotting this disgraceful effort to come on the show this morning, to try to defend and explain their position. Each of them declined or failed to respond. It all recalls what Ulysses Grant once wrote in 1861: ‘There are but two parties now, traitors and patriots.’ How would you describe the parties today?”
— Jake Tapper, on CNN.
A new Morning Consult poll finds a growing share of Republicans say President Trump should never concede the election: 37% of Republican voters now believe the president should never concede, no matter what, up from 29% last week, and 27% in mid-November.
“Fair elections we can accept but cheating to win; never. It’s not over yet. So thankful President Trump has a backbone and refuses to concede. President Trump should declare martial law as recommended by General Flynn.”
— Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase (R), who is running for governor, called on President Trump to declare martial law to keep Joe Biden from being sworn in as the next president, The Hill reports.
The Washington Post surveyed all 249 Republicans in the House and Senate beginning the morning after Trump posted a 46-minute video in which he wrongly claimed he had defeated Joe Biden and leveled wild and unsubstantiated allegations of ‘corrupt forces’ who stole the outcome from the sitting president. Just 25 Republican lawmakers said Biden was the winner, while two said Trump won. Another 222 were either unclear or would not answer.