Key GOP Governor Ditches Trump Over Post-Election Embarrassment

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) says that “the time has come” for President Donald Trump to concede and admit that he lost the recent presidential election. Although his refusal to concede doesn’t mean that he’s somehow going to remain in office as president, the refusal is causing some serious problems, as the president sows distrust of the democratic process among his millions of supporters. There’s also been little apparent cooperation between the Biden team and the outgoing Trump administration, no matter the urgent need for effective government responses to the COVID-19 crisis that continues to wreak havoc across the country.

Hogan has spoken out against the president in the past. He repeatedly sparred with the Trump administration during the initial height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more recently, he said that he opted to write in the name of Ronald Reagan rather than vote for Trump. (He didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 either.)

Hogan told an interviewer with The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation as follows:

‘It loses credibility. More and more Republicans are coming out every day. We are in the middle of twin crises. COVID-19 is spreading all over the country… and our economy is collapsing, and the President is tweeting all day and night about beating Joe Biden instead of focused on: let’s have a really successful next couple months and focusing on these problems.’

It’s true — the number of newly confirmed U.S. COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed, as have the rates of hospitalization and death around the country. According to Johns Hopkins University, over 246,000 Americans have already died due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of Monday afternoon. As this crisis continues to rage, what’s the president doing? Donald Trump is spending a wild amount of time complaining about the election results on Twitter. Just this Monday, Trump bellowed on Twitter that “Radical Left Democrats, working with their partner, the Fake News Media, are trying to STEAL this Election.” He is unequivocally lying. The Department of Homeland Security has characterized the recent presidential election as the “most secure in American history.”

Discussing when the president should concede, Hogan added the following, according to Monday’s CNN report:

‘I mean, tomorrow will be two weeks since we haven’t seen anything. The time has come. More and more people, very close supporters and friends of the president are all giving him that advice. He is just not listening… We are not going to make up for five million votes in all of those states. It was a pretty overwhelming victory at this point.’

Trump has claimed that “millions of ballots… have been altered by Democrats, only for Democrats,” which the Department of Homeland Security has seemingly roundly refuted with their recent assertion that there’s “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Trump also recently claimed that millions of his votes were “deleted” across the country, which definitely didn’t happen either. Trump is trying to lie and bluster his way into a second term as president, but it’s not going to work.