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Analysis: This is exactly why Republican leaders need to speak up against Trump's election lies

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In the face of President Donald Trump's wild and fact-free claims about supposed voter fraud in the 2020 election, congressional Republicans -- and other elected GOP leaders -- have stood largely silent. And that silence has a price.

(CNN)In the face of President Donald Trump's wild and fact-free claims about supposed voter fraud in the 2020 election, congressional Republicans -- and other elected GOP leaders -- have stood largely silent.

Witness two new national polls released on Wednesday that suggest that a majority of self-identified Republicans simply do not believe that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 race fair and square.

* Seven in 10 Republicans in a new Monmouth University poll said they believed that Biden only won the election because of "voter fraud. " (Overall, 60% of those surveyed said Biden won "fair and square. ")

* 52% of Republicans in a Reuters-Ipsos national poll said that Trump had "rightfully won" the election while less than 3 in 10 (29%) said Biden had won.

And without pushback from elected Republicans on the information streams that Trump voters watch, we are nearly certain to see a sizable chunk of the country believe that Biden cheated his way into the White House.

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