An alarming number of Republicans are 'pressuring state legislators to override the election results': report

An alarming number of Republicans are 'pressuring state legislators to override the election results': report
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An alarming number of Republican lawmakers are still backing President Donald Trump's "rigged election" conspiracy and are "pressuring Republican state legislators to override the election results in their state and appoint pro-Trump representatives to the Electoral College," New York magazine reports.

According to the publication, several prominent Republican including Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Ken Starr, and even lawmakers like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have also made similar suggestions. Although Trump's lawsuits have been dismissed in multiple states due to lack of evidence, Republican lawmakers are still enabling the president by entertaining his baseless claims of election fraud.

"They are not merely giving oxygen to Trump's fantastical claims that Joe Biden stole the election — a suspicion that will preemptively delegitimize Biden's presidency and fire up the Republican base against him, to the party's benefit. They are endorsing the logical follow-on step of abrogating the supposedly fraudulent results."

The latest report comes as Graham faces backlash over his recent attempt to intervene in the Georgia recount.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday revealed Graham suggested he toss out legal mail in ballots. During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room", Raffensperger recalled his conversation with Graham.

"He asked if the ballots could be matched back to the voters," Raffensperger said on Monday evening, adding, "And then he, I got the sense it implied that then you could throw those out for any, if you look at the counties with the highest frequent error of signatures. So that's the impression that I got."

He later added, "It was just an implication of, 'Look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out.'"

So far, Trump's legal battle has not proven to be effective in any of the states where he has questioned the integrity of the election.

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