The Progressive Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has branded the GOP as “complicit” in President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the election as voters go to the polls at the end of the most vicious presidential campaign in modern history.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to an article published by Politico that said Republican legislators were privately appalled by Trump’s constant election rush, spread groundless conspiracy theories about voter fraud and called for an unprecedented early end to the counting of ballots.
MSNBC anchorwoman Katy Tur shared the article and added: “Republicans remain publicly silent, privately disgusted by Trump’s election threats. Ocasio-Cortez responded to the tweet and wrote: “Publicly complicit*”.
The president has been laying the groundwork for months to challenge the election results, notably by claiming that postal ballots – the number of which is record high due to fears of a spread of the coronavirus pandemic in personal polling stations – are not trustworthy and invalidate the election.
The president has indicated in several comments that he plans to challenge the election results as soon as they become known and has indicated that he would like any result that favors the challenger Joe Biden to be sent to the Supreme Court, to which he has added three judges during his term of office.
The President has also stirred up fear and anger in his base, claiming that the Democrats are trying to steal the election by counting legitimate ballots.
According to Axios, Trump intends to further smooth the waters by claiming victory on election night if he appears before the personal ballot, but while the early votes – which are expected to favor Biden – are still being counted.
Politico’s story is that no senior GOP legislator was willing to go on record with Trump’s election threats. However, the website said that “dozens” of anti-trump GOP members on Capitol Hill or former White House officials were willing to speak on condition of anonymity.
A senior GOP adviser in the Senate said the President’s behavior was “heinous and un-American, but not surprising… They have never had respect for the institutions of democracy that do not benefit them”.
“The beauty of federalism is that we leave it up to states to make their own rules, and the idea that a president would override the decision of a state official to his advantage in an election is simply the opposite of what Republicans used to believe.
This is what a former senior civil servant told Politico: “I just can’t believe he would say such a thing. It is crazy… Many people ask me: “If he loses the election, will he try to stay in power? I don’t see any possibility that that will be possible. I think that when an election is validated, he has no other choice”…