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John Bolton calls on GOPers to denounce Trump: ‘The Republican party is not going to be saved by hiding’

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Jake Tapper speaks to John Bolton (CNN/screen grab)

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday encouraged Republicans to speak up about President Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.

Bolton, who declined to testify in Trump’s impeachment proceedings earlier this year, told CNN that now is the time for GOP leaders to take a stand against Trump.

“I think Biden will be sworn in,” Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I think the real question now is how much damage Trump can do before that happens. I think right now, Trump is throwing rocks through windows. I think he’s the political equivalent of a street rioter.”

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According to Bolton, it “gives Trump too much credit” to call his election strategy a “non-violent attempted coup.”

“I think that emphasizes the need for senior Republican leaders to join those who have begun to come out and say Trump’s behavior is inexcusable,” Bolton said. “The Republican Party is not going to be saved by hiding in a spider hole. We need all of our leaders to come out and say the election is over.”

“For those who are worried about Trump’s reaction, there’s strength in numbers,” he continued. “The more who come out and say, he doesn’t represent us, he is not following a Republican game plan here, the safer they will be.”

Bolton argued that Republicans need to “put Trump in the rearview mirror” and instead concentrate on winning the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

“Trump is looking out for Donald Trump,” he remarked. “And the Republican Party has got to look out for the country and for the party at the same time, not Donald Trump.”

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“People don’t have to say what Trump is doing outrageous, just say it’s wrong,” Bolton pleaded. “Until people hear that, I think they will continue to be deterred from coming back to the Republican Party. I think we can hold the Trump voters by explaining to them actually you can lose an election fair and square even though it hurts. Tell the truth to people. That’s what convincing them of your integrity.”

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Republican’s own standing in Congress now in doubt — did his voter fraud lawsuit backfire?

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A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania has cast doubt on his own legitimacy to serve in Congress with his failed lawsuit attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) attempted to have the courts block certification of the 2020 election results, but his effort was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

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‘Another win for democracy’: Pennsylvania AG celebrates Trump’s latest loss in court

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Republican efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election continued to be rejected by judges on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro celebrated the ruling on Twitter.

"BREAKING: We just notched another win for democracy," Shapiro tweeted, with a red siren emoji.

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What can the left expect from a Biden-Harris administration? Pretty much nothing

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On Nov. 7 of this year, the United States let out a collective roar that rippled across the nation, resonating the crowds of blue-clad people swelling the streets and the squares, and causing buildings to tremble as those inside broke out the champagne and began to dance. The celebrations lasted long into the night. For those few precious moments, it felt as though a curse had been lifted, a nightmare abated. Trumpism had ground itself to a resounding and decisive halt and it seemed that political space on the left, and on the center ground, had finally begun to open again.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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