National Review Slams Trump's Refusal To Concede As 'A Bid For Infamy'
The Conservative National Review failed to shred words in a Friday editorial denouncing President Donald Trump's attempts to undermine the November 3 elections, calling the president's actions an "offer of shame".
The magazine particularly focused on Thursday's press conference on the Republican National Committee of Trump's personal attorney Rudy Guiliani and attorney Sidney Powell.
The two alleged widespread electoral fraud conspiracy, based on unsubstantiated allegations, which the National Review described as "the most eccentric and irresponsible feat by a group of lawyers representing a President of the United States." It dismissed the unproven theories of electoral fraud and called their advocacy worthy of the Breitbart News comment section.
"If there is serious evidence, Giuliani and Co. have to produce it immediately," said the magazine. "Waving affidavits at a press conference without anyone being able to examine them does not count. ... This magazine has always taken electoral fraud seriously and we hope that everything that happened in that election will be exposed and prosecuted. However, it is important to recognize that the broad contours of the 2020 presidential election make sense. "
The editors of the National Review noted that "same day ballots strongly favoring Republicans were counted first and early votes strongly favoring Democrats were counted last." Politics aside: “The general picture is the same throughout the country, with no notable anomalies. Trump excelled in rural areas, wiped out in urban areas but often with margins marginally lower than 2016, and lost in suburban boroughs that lost heavily proved crucial. "
The magazine also urged Republicans to speak out against the Trump team's "deeply undemocratic game," adding that such a charade only exacerbated the president's loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
"He turns a narrow electoral defeat into an offer of shame," the magazine said.
The National Review has repeatedly criticized Trump's policies as perversions of conservatism since the president's tenure began, particularly in a February 2016 issue that featured “Against Trump” prominently on the cover.
The magazine's latest editorial was reiterated by the Washington Examiner, another conservative magazine, which on Friday called on the president to “go ahead” and admit.
Read the full National Review editorial here.
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