Mitch McConnell says ‘EVERY legal vote’ must be counted in veiled rebuke of Trump as GOP slams his ‘cheating’ claims

MITCH McConnell said "every legal vote" must be counted in a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump as the GOP slammed his "cheating" claims.

The US Senator took to Twitter on Friday morning to stress the importance of legal votes after Republicans on Thursday night blasted Trump’s claims of “illegal votes” as “dangerous” and “not factual."

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McConnell tweeted: "Here’s how this must work in our great country: Every legal vote should be counted. Any illegally-submitted ballots must not.

"All sides must get to observe the process. And the courts are here to apply the laws & resolve disputes.

"That's how Americans' votes decide the result."

It comes as the US President has claimed he would have “easily won” the “fraudulent" election if only “legal votes” had been counted.

As GOP Senator Pat Toomey spoke to Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY show Friday morning, he recalled Trump's Thursday night speech as "very hard to watch."

He added: "The president’s allegations … are just not substantiated.”

Trump alleged on Thursday that there was “tremendous corruption” surrounding mail-in ballots in a number of battleground states which have yet to be called.

And with his opponent on the cusp of winning the election, leading Republicans have denounced their party's candidate.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Trump’s claims “not factual”, “dangerous' and “incendiary.”

He told CNN: “No Republican-elected official is going to stand behind that statement. I mean none of them will.”

Santorum, who served as a senator representing Pennsylvania, added that the President’s remarks were “not something anything elected official should say.”

He said there was "no evidence" to support Trump's claims and called for an “investigation” into the unsubstantiated allegations.

The staunch conservative said: “There may be fraud but we don't know that right now and for the President to go out there and claim that without any evidence of that is dangerous."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who previously criticized Trump over his handling of the Covid crisis, was also quick to slam the President’s claims.

He tweeted: “There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process.

“America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before.

“No election or person is more important than our Democracy.”

And Congressman Paul Mitchell also hit out at Trump saying politicians should accept loses with “grace.”

He tweeted: “I have experienced both losses and victories in elections.

“Losses hurt deeply – I know that personally. But our nation demands that its political leaders accept both wins and losses with grace and maturity. Let the voters decide.”

He added: “If anyone has proof of wrongdoing, it should be presented and resolved.

“Anything less harms the integrity of our elections and is dangerous for our democracy.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger said the President’s rhetoric and insistence on “spreading debunked misinformation” was “getting insane.”

He tweeted: “We want every vote counted, yes every legal vote (of course).

“But, if you have legit concerns about fraud present EVIDENCE and take it to court.

“STOP Spreading debunked misinformation… This is getting insane.”

In his controversial remarks at this White House, Trump said "if you count the legal votes I easily win" after Biden was in the lead this afternoon by 3.8 million votes.

He said he would not allow unfounded "corruption to steal such an important election" or "silence" GOP voters after debunked voter fraud claims flooded social media.

Trump said: "They did the mail-in ballots where there's tremendous corruption and fraud going on.

"I told everybody that these things would happen."

"I've already decisively won," Trump insisted, hours after Biden said he had "no doubt" that he had won the fraught battle for the Oval Office.

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