- Longtime GOP operative Karl Rove became one of the most notable Republican’s to break from President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election on Wednesday.
- The Trump campaign has been waging several court battles in an attempt to either get recounts or toss out mail-in ballots, citing widespread voter fraud despite a complete lack of evidence.
- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Rove writes that “the president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”
- “Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”
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Karl Rove, a high profile Republican operative and the architect of George W. Bush’s presidency, became one of the most notable defections from President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is correct that Mr. Trump is ‘100% within his rights’ to go to court over concerns about fraud and transparency,” Rove writes. “But the president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”
A handful of Republican senators have broken with Trump and congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory — such as Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — along with some other notable Republicans including former President George W. Bush, his brother Jeb Bush, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
In his appearances on Fox News throughout Trump’s term, Rove has largely been sympathetic to the president.
He dedicates much of the op-ed to arguing how Trump’s improvements among Latino and Black voters are a credit to his success, but ultimately comes down more harshly than most high profile Republicans have thus far when it comes to his refusal to concede.
“To win, Mr. Trump must prove systemic fraud, with illegal votes in the tens of thousands,” Rove writes. “There is no evidence of that so far.”
Rove makes a central point in his argument that the recounts being demanded by the Trump campaign simply won’t be enough to change the results based on historical standards.
“There are only three statewide contests in the past half-century in which recounts changed the outcome: the 1974 New Hampshire Senate race, the 2004 Washington governor’s contest, and the 2008 Minnesota Senate election. The candidates in these races were separated, respectively, by 355, 261 and 215 votes after Election Day.
These margins aren’t much like today’s. Mr. Biden led Wednesday in Wisconsin by 20,540 votes, Pennsylvania by 49,064, Michigan by 146,123, Arizona by 12,614, Nevada by 36,870 and Georgia by 14,108.”
Closing out his piece, Rove emphasizes the need for Trump to concede for the good of the country.
“Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium,” he writes.
“Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”