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Opinion: Lindsey Graham fuels Republican civil war in Georgia

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), waits to begin a hearing on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is exploring the FBI's investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian election interference. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Frida Ghitis writes that the allegations from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that Sen. Lindsey Graham seemed to recommend throwing out legal ballots during a recount throws a spotlight on how President Donald Trump is ripping in two the Republican party he managed to unify during his now-ending presidency.

Unfortunately for Trump, and alarmingly for the country, the man who has been accused of leaning on a state official to do so is the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

The rift between two Republican elected officials throws a spotlight on how Trump is ripping in two the Republican party he managed to unify during his now-ending presidency.

Now, with Trump smearing election officials over Twitter, amplifying all manner of ridiculous conspiracy theories, Graham is egging him on, urging him to "fight hard," even as the Trump campaign's lawsuits fall apart one after the other, and as Trump's relentless campaign threatens to undermine President-elect Joe Biden's effort to heal the country's dangerous divisions.

Across the country, most Republicans have either kept quiet or sided with Trump's baseless allegations of massive fraud, afraid to publicly acknowledge he lost the election, something they reportedly do in private.

Trump has insulted and attacked, among others, Republican Commissioner Al Schmidt of Philadelphia, tweeting that Schmidt "refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty," and concluding falsely, "We win!" Schmidt responded to the allegations by saying "we just had the most transparent and secure election in the history of Philadelphia. " He called claims of fraud, "the most fantastical. . . ridiculous allegations," and warned about "how hungry people are to consume lies. "

Utah's Governor-elect Spencer Cox, also a Republican, urged the public to ignore Trump's rants, tweeting, "Please don't believe unfounded allegations that destroy trust in the process. " On CNN he reiterated, "There's no evidence of mass voter fraud. "

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