GOP Pushes Back As Trump Divides Party With Electoral College Challenge

President Trump has once again slashed a dividing line through the heart of the Republican Party with his demand that lawmakers reject the results of the Nov. 3 election, but this time the pushback is stronger.

Many erstwhile Trump allies say he has finally gone too far and asked too much. Seeking to upend President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s victory threatens the very foundations of America’s electoral democracy, they say.

Desperate to remain in office and convinced, despite a lack of evidence, that the election was stolen from him, Mr. Trump has asked Congress to reject the electoral votes of some states he lost to Mr. Biden and to deliver a second term to him.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican Party strategist, said Republican voters are likely to support the fight.

“Obviously, the base of the Republican Party is in lockstep with Trump. They believe this election was stolen from them,” he said.

That feeling goes beyond the vote counting to include disparate media treatment of Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden and the role large social media companies played in censoring Republicans.

“I think Josh Hawley has a brilliant argument to make,” he said. “All we’re talking about is having a debate on the floor.”

Read more from Stephen Dinan at The Washington Times

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