On Saturday, Donald Trump
called the 2020 presidential election the "crime
of the century," as Republican leaders scrambled to avoid the fallout from the former president's supporters' violent insurgency at the US Capitol
earlier this year.
In a post on his so-called "communications platform," Trump also slammed Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) as "weak and pathetic," and he chastised former Vice President Mike Pence
for lacking the "courage" to overturn the election results, which Joe Biden
If Pence and McConnell had reinstalled Trump as President, “we would right now have a Republican President who would be VETOING the horrific Socialistic Bills that are rapidly passing through Congress
, including Open Borders, High Taxes, Massive Regulations, and so much more!” Trump wrote.
There are no “open borders.” Taxes have not been raised, though Biden intends to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 25% to 28% after Trump arranged for a 40% cut. It is unclear what “massive regulations” Trump referred to.
Trump also claimed that pre-election polling was rigged, claiming that his supporters didn't bother voting
because polls made him look like such an incredible winner — or that polls made him look like such an incredible loser that his supporters didn't think it was worthwhile to vote.
Trump's latest rant about election results comes at an awkward time for Republican leaders who have been both feeding the "big lie
" that the election was rigged and denying its existence.
“I don’t think anyone is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) said Wednesday after meeting with Biden and other Congressional leaders. “I think that is all over with. We’re sitting here with the president today.”
, however, have continued to undermine the democratic presidential election's legitimacy.
House Republicans voted on Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo.) from her leadership position after she refused to accept Trump's lies about the election, which prompted rioters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) said Biden was legitimately elected, but added in jest, "we need to make sure that we have unquestioned elections moving
Rep. Andrew Clyde
(R-GA) attempted to deny the Capitol riot
occurred, saying last week, “There was no insurrection,” and describing the rioters’ violent behavior as a “normal tourist visit” to the Capitol.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has referred to the rioters as "peaceful patriots."