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Kansas Republican Senator Roger Marshall says he is “just so ready to move on” after supporting GOP attempts to reject election results in order to install Donald Trump for a second term.
The senator was asked Saturday by CNN’s Pamela Brown if he believed his actions contributed to ongoing misinformation campaigns surrounding the election results, including an ongoing review in Arizona commissioned by the state’s Republican Party.
“Republicans continue to believe the lie that this election, the last election, was stolen,” she said. “You voted to have millions of votes cast in Arizona and Pennsylvania. They also joined the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn votes cast in four states. “
“We’re just so ready to move on,” said the senator on Saturday. “It is time for this land to heal. It is time for a spirit of forgiveness. “
On January 2, Mr. Marshall joined – without citing evidence – 10 other Republican senators who said they would reject the electoral college results four days later on “multiple allegations of serious electoral fraud”.
The Trump campaign, his administration, the Department of Justice, the FBI and bipartisan election officials in the US have provided no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. Mr Trump continues to spread the lie reiterated by his allies that the election was “stolen” from him.
That conspiracy theory fulfilled a pro-Trump uprising in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, when lawmakers met to uphold the results.
A recent CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that 30 percent of respondents still don’t believe Joe Biden is the legitimate winner of the poll. Of these respondents, 69 percent believe there is “solid evidence” that they didn’t win enough votes.
The poll found that only 23 percent of Republicans believe Mr Biden legitimately received enough votes to run the presidency, and 70 percent believe they don’t.
The survey was conducted from April 21st to 26th with 777 cell phone respondents and 227 landline users.
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Mr Marshall was also asked how republican values on states rights and federalism stand up against widespread GOP calls for millions of ballots in multiple states. In response, he claimed that the GOP-sponsored efforts to restrict voter access in nearly 47 states are aimed at “making the vote more difficult to cheat”.
Republicans have defended their bills as attempts to build “voter confidence” and protect “electoral integrity” while also making efforts to undermine their results without evidence.
“By addressing our concerns about these elections, electoral integrity, we are forcing these states with their problems to come back to the table and get this legislature to work together to ensure that we have safer, higher-integrity elections.” he told CNN.
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