The tirade delivered this Thursday by the president of the United States, Donald Trump – in which, once again, he again denounced electoral fraud without evidence to support his accusations or a court to endorse them – has meant a break between the president and his inner circle of advisers with the Republican Party, whose leadership is scrupulously silent, and with his communication arm, the conservative Fox News channel, which could even become, against all expectations, the first medium to confirm the victory of his rival, Democrat Joe Biden.
Reactions to the appearance have once again highlighted the differences that have always separated Trump from the Republican party he claims to represent. Without going any further, on Wednesday’s election night, after Trump came to declare his electoral victory in the full recount, the Republican leader in the Senate and, for all intents and purposes, the party’s head outside the White House, Mitch McConnell, left no doubt about his position: “Saying that you have won the elections and waiting for the count to finish are two different things.”
Although the vice president and unofficial spokesman for the Republican party in the Administration, Mike Pence, has been trying to recontextualize the president’s statements in recent days as an effort to protect “the integrity of the vote,” the Trump family has spent the last hours condemning without palliative what they understand as a complete lack of support from the Republican caucus.
“The complete absence of shares from virtually all ‘Republican presidential by 2024’ is quite staggering,” the president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. wrote Thursday afternoon. “They have the perfect platform to show they are willing and capable. to fight, but instead, they cower before the mob of the media, “he added.
McConnell has not yet responded to Thursday’s appearance, but several Republican senators have responded to him. “We have to respect the process and make sure that all the deposited ballots are counted according to the laws of the state. It’s that simple,” said Republican Senator Rob Portman late Thursday.
In the same terms, the Republican senator from Florida, Marco Rubio – “Taking days to count votes is not a fraud,” said on his Twitter account – and the former governor of New Jersey and former Trump adviser, Chris Christie. “As a former lawyer, there is no basis for the argument I have heard tonight. It is that there is not and I completely disagree with what I have heard,” he added.