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Texas’ prime Republican congressional leaders are principally staying silent after President Donald Trump prematurely and falsely declared victory early Wednesday morning as votes proceed to be counted in a number of battleground states, together with Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Trump additionally pledged to go to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom to cease votes from being counted. His statements early Wednesday morning adopted a tweet he despatched repeating a false declare that Democrats are stealing the election.
A number of requests for remark from Sen. John Cornyn, who received reelection in opposition to Democratic opponent MJ Hegar Tuesday night time, and Sen. Ted Cruz went unanswered. The Texas Tribune additionally reached out to each U.S. congressional consultant for Texas, however few Republican members responded.
In a telephone name with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Conroe, stated he had not heard the president’s feedback as a result of he was in mattress by then.
“Actually, I’m assured that if each vote casted legally is precisely counted President Trump might be reelected,” Brady stated. “There’s an terrible lot of mail-in voting but to be executed in key states so I’m hopeful and assured that he might be taking workplace once more in January.”
One other Republican congressman doubled down on his assist of the president on Twitter, whereas thanking voters for reelecting him.
“My belief is w/ @realDonaldTrump & his authorized staff to depart no stone unturned. I belief in God, however I don’t belief Dems,” wrote Congressman Brian Babin, R-Woodville, on Twitter Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, Democratic U.S. representatives throughout Texas condemned Trump’s actions and characterised his rhetoric as reckless.
“Tyrants hear solely their very own voice. Democracies depend on the voices of the individuals, even when these voices are narrowly divided,” stated U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett in a press release. “Trump shouldn’t be preventing for extra votes; he’s desperately preventing to impede our democracy.”
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat who served as secretary of state in Texas for eight months in 2001, stated there are checks and balances in place to make sure every vote is counted precisely, in addition to ballot watchers and attorneys from every marketing campaign.
“You’ve gotten women and men who’re professionals who’ve been doing this for years,” U.S. Rep. Cuellar stated to The Texas Tribune. “Let the secretaries of states and native officers, with their checks and balances and completely different marketing campaign ballot watchers, do the counting.”
Different Democratic representatives echoed the sentiment.
“President Trump’s untimely declaration of victory was reckless and undermines the integrity of our electoral course of,” stated U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, in a press release. “Each eligible vote should be counted for the American individuals’s voices to be heard.”
Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Price, additionally criticized Republican lawmakers for not pushing again in opposition to Trump “saying autocratic sounding issues.”
“They lack that stage of management and they should inform the president to knock it off,” Rep. Veasey stated. “The actual fact [that] they received’t simply tells you what a state of disarray their celebration is [in],” he stated.
On the press name, Brady defended fellow Republicans saying he didn’t know of any who didn’t need each authorized vote counted.
A minimum of one Republican within the president’s interior circle criticized Trump declaring victory earlier than all votes had been counted.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s a Trump ally, stated all excellent votes should be counted.
“All these votes must be counted which might be in now. … Tonight was not the time to make this argument,” he stated on ABC Information. “I disagree with what he did tonight.”
Within the weeks previous the election, Trump and different White Home officers repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud in mail-in ballots regardless that there isn’t a proof widespread fraud exists. He additionally has stated votes shouldn’t be counted after Election Day, which is frequent observe.
Juan Pablo Garnham contributed to this report.