President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser on Thursday, Nov. 5, urged Republican leaders to speak up and defend election integrity amid widespread allegations of voter fraud on behalf of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. 

“Calling ALL Republican leaders, MUSTER your courage! Time is NOW to speak up & join w/Patriots across America and back @realDonaldTrump our @POTUS #DefendElectionIntegrity of the most important election in U.S. history,” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn tweeted with a hashtag StopTheFraud. 

“God Bless America,” he added. 

Flynn’s comments came almost two days after news broke about suspicious activities at polling stations in several battleground states that has shrunk President Trump’s leads and his chance to win a second term, and Republicans however had been silent during this period of time. 

The Trump campaign filed suits in three states on Wednesday—Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—and planned to file similar suits in Arizona and Nevada. All of the suits seek to halt mail-ballot counting until campaign operatives are granted some type of “meaningful access” to ballot counting locations and are allowed to verify the tally. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who just won re-election Tuesday, broke the silence on Thursday, saying that he will donate $500,000 to the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to challenge election procedures in these states.

“I’m here tonight to stand with President Trump,” Graham told host Sean Hannity. “He stood with me, he’s the reason we’re going to have a Senate majority … He helped Senate Republicans. We’re going to pick up House seats because of the campaign that President Trump won.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also voiced his support for President Trump, saying that the Justice Department, state legislatures and possibly the Supreme Court could get involved in the election if voting laws are not followed. 

“What we’ve been seeing the last three days of #ElectionResults2020 is partisan, political, & lawless. The American people are angry that vote counting has been shrouded in darkness. We must count every vote legally cast,” Cruz said.

During a press conference on Thursday, President Trump projected optimism about the presidential election and said that his campaign would use legal actions to fight voter fraud. 

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us,” President Trump said. 

“Our goal is to defend the integrity of the election,” he added. “We will not allow the corruption to steal such an important election.”

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