The Senator for Utah, Mitt Romney (Republican) on Thursday directly criticised President Donald Trump for efforts by the president and his allies to reverse the results of the presidential election.
In a statement posted on microblogging site Twitter, Romney denounced the head of state, saying it was “difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action” by the president. He wrote:
Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.
Romney’s statement comes after Trump invited some of Michigan’s top Republicans to the White House in a sign he may be seeking a way around the election results where Biden is projected to get 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
Trump also reached out to officials in Wayne County who had sought to block the certification of votes there.
Trump has refused to concede defeat to Democratic candidate Joe Biden and this has delayed the transition, with analysts saying it could have a detrimental effect on how the new president addresses pertinent issues.
A report by CNN claims that when the contested 2000 election delayed George W. Bush’s transition, it delayed his national security team and was a contributing factor to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks