ONE St. Louis after dispatch editors slammed Republicans, who have taken to heart former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, and warned that they must join him in the “trash can of history.”
The Missouri newspaper’s editors urged Republicans who continue to press Trump’s “toxic” allegations of electoral fraud to consider how history will see both them and the former president.
Following President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed without evidence that the election was stolen due to widespread voter fraud. They have been pushing for revisions in key swing states, and Trump has been accused of pressuring officials to help push his claims.
The editorial board pointed to a preliminary report from the Senate Judiciary Committee released Thursday to show how Trump “tried to undermine the Justice Department in order to overthrow a legitimate election.”
“The Senate Judiciary’s interim report shows how Trump’s call from a mob of his supporters on Jan. 6 to attack the Capitol only was his most publicly visible attempt to overthrow an election he clearly lost,” the editorial said. “In the days before, Trump maneuvered behind the scenes and tried to arm his Justice Department to validate his already refuted allegations of electoral fraud.”
Among the report’s findings, Trump apparently “repeatedly” asked the Justice Department leadership to endorse his allegations that the election was stolen and “help his efforts to overthrow the election results.”
It also found that Trump allegedly forced the resignation of a U.S. attorney he believed was not sufficient to investigate the unproven fraud claims in Georgia, and went outside the succession to appoint an attorney he thought would “do something” about the requirements; and that allies with links to the “Stop Stealing” movement participated in the press campaign against the DOJ.
The editorial board praises officials in the Trump administration who “heroically averted this coup attempt by threatening mass assassinations if Trump carried out his plan,” but it gives a grim warning to “terrible” Republican lawmakers who “disguise” Trump’s “insane attempts to overthrow the election. “
“For every new revelation, Trump’s coup attempt against democracy further condemns him in the dustbin of history,” the editorial said. “Those who still do not understand it may well find themselves joining him there.”
Despite a lack of evidence, Trump continues to claim that he lost several battlefield states due to fraud. On Saturday, he urged his Michigan supporters to attend an upcoming rally that required a review of the president’s performance in the state, where he lost by nearly three points. In a statement, he claimed “voter fraud is beyond what anyone can believe.”
Trump also faced backlash after he allegedly called Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and urged him to “find” 11,780 votes in the state. Raffensperger wrote in a new book, Integrity matters, that he believes the former president intended to intimidate him during the call.
Newsweek contacted the Republican National Committee for Commentary Saturday afternoon for a response to the editorial board, but had not heard back at publication. This story will be updated with any answer.