Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sounded the clarion call for conservatives to hold fast while votes in the presidential election are still being counted.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Gingrich urged Americans to stay involved in the presidential race regardless of the eagerness of major news outlets to project Joe Biden as the president-elect.
“Don’t be fooled: This is not over,” Gingrich declared. “The media don’t decide elections. Votes are still being counted. According to the Associated Press, four states (Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) are within 1 percent. No recounts have started, and challenges (which will ultimately play out) are being ignored. This has been astounding to watch.”
Gingrich, a long-serving Republican, wrote that he and his wife Callista were present at the White House on Election Night as results were trickling in.
“The president was ahead in most of the key battleground states. But then suddenly vote-counting stopped. We couldn’t figure out what was happening,” Gingrich recalled. “And when we got up in the morning, we saw that hundreds of thousands of ballots suddenly appeared, almost all of them for Biden. Now, you can rationalize that development however you want, but at the least it’s suspicious and worthy of further investigation.”
Gingrich went on:
We need to be pushing for further investigation and not give up simply because the elites tell us to be quiet. The Democrats and the media are going to say that, even though all the votes haven’t been counted, President Trump owes it to the country to cave, accept defeat, and walk off. Some will also say that we don’t need to do any recounts.
There are a large number of what I call accommodationist Republicans who always believe it’s their job to side with the Democrats and the news media when things get too tough and when the elites really put the pressure on them. Because after all, their main goal is to be liked and go to nice cocktail parties, not to do right by the country.”
These accommodationist Republicans will say they don’t like the president talking about fraud, vote theft, or corruption. They don’t want to look at the data and the growing evidence that something is clearly amiss in places like Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
“Then,” Gingrich went on, “there are the people around Trump who understand that his presidential run in 2016 was a direct assault on a national establishment, which had betrayed the American people and no longer represents them. This elitist group only represents its own interests and sometimes the interests of foreign countries.”
“I suspect that President Trump is going to keep fighting, as he should,” Gingrich predicted. “We owe it to the American people to have an honest, straightforward election. Every legal vote should be counted. That’s a tall order, but it’s necessary for the sake of our republic – not to benefit President Trump or anyone else, but to ensure the legitimacy of our sacred democratic process.”
“Brace yourself as the entire national establishment rushes to embrace Biden as president-elect,” Gingrich concluded. “Some will do so because they want it to be true. Others simply don’t want to pick a fight with a new potential president.”
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