Trump condemned for White House 'dictator' statement to cast doubt on election results

Trump condemned for White House 'dictator' statement to cast doubt on election results
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Shortly after President Donald Trump wrapped up his unhinged White House press conference on Thursday, he was met with a barrage of critical reactions for his dictator-like speech discrediting the results of the election that are not in his favor.

Although MSNBC cut away from Trump's speech just minutes after he began speaking, CNN hosts opted to hold their remarks until after the speech was over.

Host Jake Tapper condemned Trump's remarks as he deemed his antics an attempt to "attack democracy."

"What a sad night for the United States of America, to hear their president say that, to falsely accuse people of trying to steal the election, to try to attack democracy that way, with his feast of falsehoods," Tapper said. "Lie after lie."

Anderson Cooper also put Trump's behavior into context as he condemned the president's futile attempts to discredit the election results.

"That is the most powerful person in the world, and we see him like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over," Cooper said. "But he just hasn't accepted it, and he wants to take everybody down with him, including this country."

Even Fox News' John Roberts admitted that Trump presented no evidence to support his claims. However, he did attempt to give the president the benefit of the doubt saying "Perhaps I just haven't heard about it," Roberts allowed.

Fox anchor Brett Baier also conceded: "We have not seen it, we have not seen the evidence yet."

In addition to various news anchors, some Republican leaders also distanced from Trump's rhetoric. Former Florida Gov. Rick Santorum (R) also criticized Trump's press conference remarks describing his election fraud claims as "dangerous."

"What the president just did was wrong and very dangerous. It's time for other Republicans to stand up to him," Santorum said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) also pushed back against the president for his unhinged remarks saying, "Everyone in America wants a free and fair election, they want every single vote to be counted" but "frivolous lawsuits to drag this out if there's no merit to them absolutely is wrong for the country."

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