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Trump’s ‘attempted purge’ of late ballots could screw over military voters: CNN’s John Avlon

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CNN’s John Avlon on Friday explained how President Donald Trump’s attempts to stop late-arriving ballots from being counted could screw over the same military voters who largely backed him four years ago.

During one of his “Reality Check” segments, Avlon cited the president’s recent remarks about how he hoped the Supreme Court would cut off counting ballots on the day after election day.

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“Hopefully, the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won’t be allowed by the various courts,” the president said this week.

Avlon, however, argued that this could backfire on the president.

“You see, it’s more than likely that military ballots will get caught in the president’s attempted purge,” he said. “The military has voted safely by mail since the civil war, folks, and many states allow military ballots to be counted well after polls close.”

He then explained how the president had tried to get Florida to stop counting ballots two years ago to ensure the victories of Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“It was all a red flag that highlighted Trump’s undemocratic impulses, again on full display this election,” he said. “Whether it’s military votes in Florida or other states… like hotly contested North Carolina or Texas, the principle should remain the same: Count every eligible vote.”

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Conservative columnist accuses Republicans of turning their voters into a mob of anti-democracy fascists

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin attacked Republican officials who have spent the past decade turning their most ardent supporters into a kind of anti-democracy mob.

Writing her column on Monday, Rubin cited the CNN interviews with Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) and John Bolton as being one of a handful of Republicans willing to speak out against the tyranny that President Donald Trump is being allowed to continue.

“State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., are failing miserably at the job, as are administration officials who have proven willing to degrade themselves, to serve the president’s brittle spirit instead of the Constitution and the American people," Rubin cited CNN's Jake Tapper from "State of the Union" this Sunday.

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WATCH: Melania Trump goes maskless as she participates in White House Christmas tree delivery

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First Lady Melania Trump declined to wear a face mask as she was receiving this year's White House Christmas tree.

In White House video released on Monday, the first lady can be seen without a mask while accepting delivery of the tree. However, masks were worn by everyone else seen in the video.

The White House has been criticized for allowing COVID-19 to spread at events where attendees are not required to wear masks. At least two "super spreader" events have already taken place at the White House.

The First Lady's Office has said that Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations are expected to take place with smaller crowds.

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The Republican Party has already burst at the seams in the wake of Trump’s defeat: conservative columnist

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Almost three weeks after Election Day — with President-elect Joe Biden having won 306 electoral votes and defeating President Donald Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote — Trump has yet to concede and continues to claim, without evidence, that the election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud. Some prominent Republicans, including Sen. Mitt Romney, are urging Trump to acknowledge Biden's victory, while others won't say a word against the president. And conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a November 23 column, argues that these divisions with the GOP need to become a litmus test — and that Republicans who refuse to accept the election results should become pariahs.

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