Some of President Trump's Republican allies are not joining Trump in declaring victory, and seeking to stop vote-counting in some key regions. Several GOP leaders who have supported Trump for the past four years and publicly criticizing the Trump administration's attempts to call an early victory.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disagreed with the president, telling The Associated Press that "claiming you've won the election is different from finishing the counting."
Millions of votes are still left to be counted, and many Trump allies are urging patience as the final votes are tallied, even after Trump himself is declaring victory in states like Pennsylvania where many mail-in ballots have still not been counted.
Republicans who have criticized Trump's false claims of victory and/or said count every vote:
- Mitch McConnell
- Marco Rubio
- Rob Portman
- Mike Lee
- Gov.-elect of Utah
- Chris Christie
- Rick Santorum
- AZ Gov. Ducey
- Mike Huckabee
- John Bolton https://t.co/OJcy0xpngd
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) November 4, 2020
former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told ABC News that there was "no basis" for claims of voter fraud made by the administration.
"There's just no basis to make that argument tonight. There just isn't. All these votes have to be counted that are in now. You have to let the process play itself out before you judge it to be flawed. And by prematurely doing this, if there is a flaw later, he has undercut his own credibility. So I think it's a bad strategic decision, it's a bad political decision, and it's not the kind of decision you would expect someone to make tonight who holds the position he holds," Christie said.
On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine told Fox News that he would accept the results if Biden was elected.
"I am for Trump...if it ends up being Biden, all of us will accept that. We believe in the rule of law. Every vote has to be counted. We as a country accept election results. We believe in counting all the votes," De Wine said.
"Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. When the results are confirmed, we must accept the outcomes with respect for our democracy," Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois replied to Trump on Twitter.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who spoke at a recent Trump campaign rally, said in a tweet that "taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud."
Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud
And court challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 4, 2020
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a moderate Republican, called Trump's declaration "outrageous and uncalled for and a terrible mistake."
"Regardless of where you stand on this race and what party you are and who you voted for, most Americans really want a free and fair election process, and they want us to count the votes,” Hogan said at a Washington Post event.
Hogan voted for Ronald Reagan this year as a protest vote.
Utah's Republican governor-elect, Spencer Cox, called the Trump campaign's claims "garbage" and said "there is nothing nefarious about it taking a few days to count all legitimate votes.
Even some conservative news pundits have cautioned Trump supporters to not believe everything that they hear from the campaign. Conservative agitator Ben Shapiro called the move "deeply irresponsible."
No, Trump has not already won the election, and it is deeply irresponsible for him to say he has.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 4, 2020
Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said he was "very distressed by what I just heard the president say."
"The idea of using the word 'fraud' being committed by people counting votes is wrong. They're counting the absentee and mail-in ballots right now. And some counties have stopped counting. Why have they stopped counting? Because it's 2:48 in the morning!" Santorum said, according to NBC News.