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Texas Republicans declare Biden election illegitimate, despite evidence

World Jun 20, 2022 04:35PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a hat with a sticker on it reading "Stop the Steal" attends a rally ahead of the U.S. Congress certification of the November 2020 election results, during protests in Washington, U.S., January 2/2

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Texas formally rejected President Joe Biden's election in 2020 as illegitimate and voted in a state-wide convention that wrapped up this weekend on a party platform that calls homosexuality an "abnormal lifestyle choice."

The party's embrace of unfounded electoral fraud allegations in a bedrock Republican state came as a bipartisan congressional committee seeks to definitively and publicly debunk the false idea that Biden did not win the election.

Biden received 7 million more votes than rival Donald Trump. Biden also received 306 votes from the Electoral College, more than the 270 needed to win.

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol is building a case that Trump's efforts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election -- including by denying he lost -- amounted to conspiracy to illegally hold onto power.

Trump, the 45th U.S. president, has denied any wrongdoing.

"We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States," the Texas party said in a resolution, passed in a voice vote at its convention.

Texas is a major player in U.S. national politics, with 38 electoral votes, the second highest after California. Voters there have backed Republican presidents for the past four decades.

The White House had no comment.

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, about two-thirds of Republicans believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. State and federal judges dismissed more than 50 lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies challenging the election while reviews and audits found no evidence of widespread fraud.

PLATFORM ATTACKS 'CHOICE' OF HOMOSEXUALITY

One of the proposed principles in the latest Texas Republican party platform also includes new language criticizing homosexuality and voicing opposition to "all efforts to validate transgender identity."

"Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice," it reads, a statement that is not in the 2020 platform https://texasgop.org/platform.

Votes on the provision are being tallied and certified following the bi-annual state party convention, a party spokesperson said.

The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston, an organization that represents LGBT conservatives, said it was once again denied a request to set up a booth at the party's convention this week, as it has been for past conventions. The group called the Texas Republican Convention's actions "not just narrow-minded, but politically short-sighted."

However, the group is seeing "no evidence" of other state Republican conventions adopting similar bans or exclusionary language, Charles Moran, Log Cabin Republican managing director, told Reuters.

"If anything we are being more included” than in the past, he said, noting that the 2020 Republican presidential campaign had an official pride coalition, and the gay Republican vote doubled between 2016 and 2020. "President Trump was the most pro-gay Republican that we have ever had,” he added.

Texas Republicans declare Biden election illegitimate, despite evidence
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jun 21, 2022 2:03PM ET
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doesn't texas and Abbott have nothing better to do? like keeping the power going, water supply and those awful shootings and gun proliferation. vote them out!
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jun 21, 2022 8:45AM ET
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I declare Texas Republicans to be big gay boy lovers. See how this works? We all get to declsre whatever we want now.
Sattar Langary
Sattar Langary Jun 20, 2022 11:58PM ET
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civil war is bad...
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jun 20, 2022 9:32PM ET
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These people are so triggered its pathetic. Bring back the strong snd silent conservatives and not these mind-cucked and brainwashed ones.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jun 20, 2022 7:30PM ET
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Hard for me to trust the “courts” on this one
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jun 20, 2022 7:30PM ET
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How could a rock star like Trump who could fill stadiums have lost the election to a dimension ridden man? Hard to believe.
Samantha
Samantha Jun 20, 2022 7:30PM ET
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It's hard to believe when you deeply admire someone that isn't loved by everyone. More than you may have understood at the time, election results the first time around were not overwhelming. Clinton won the popular vote and lost the decisive electoral vote. Four years later, ill feelings towards Trump brought out a record number of voters. Ultimately, he could not sufficiently increase his base to garner more voters than Biden or prove a grand conspiracy spanning several states, the U.S. Justice Dept, and multiple court filings that were rejected including the unanimous rejection by the Supreme Court with justices he appointed. Even William Barr, Trump's appointed U.S. Attorney General who resigned a mere several weeks before the end of Trump's elected term, describes that he told Trump his allegations were B.S. Barr remained protective of Trump in his formalized resignation and was also resigned that he wanted no further association to him.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jun 20, 2022 7:30PM ET
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Trump simp lol cant see you down there on your knees dont forget to swollow
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 20, 2022 7:30PM ET
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The dimension ridden man won for a variety of reason, not the least of which was because Trump ingeniously advised his supporters not to vote by mail during a pandemic.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Jun 20, 2022 6:56PM ET
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GOP lost their mind enslaving themselves to a Putin-like full time lying narcist... It will bring the Republican party down... is this really all they have to offer??
mark johnson
mark johnson Jun 20, 2022 5:23PM ET
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Of course homosexuality is abnormal. That doesn’t even need to be said. From a natural selection, Darwinian and evolutionary measure it’s very abnormal in nature. Don’t know why they bring it up now.
Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan Jun 20, 2022 5:23PM ET
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you obviously do not understand genetics.  Why are there gay animals?
Antonio Velardo
Antonio Velardo Jun 20, 2022 4:57PM ET
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Legitimate or not, is he doing well? Afghanistan, Ukraine…not his fault but would somebody else manege them better?
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jun 20, 2022 4:57PM ET
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Both directly his fault.. there was a plan to leave Afghanistan and he didn’t follow it. His corruption has ties to ukraine and he owes them so now he brings us into war because of his corruption ties to them.. he isn’t managing anything- border crisis, inflation and record gas prices with record printing- yes what is he doing?
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jun 20, 2022 4:57PM ET
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Co Gonz everything biden fault!!! Man you are pathetic
Michael Bryan
Michael Bryan Jun 20, 2022 4:57PM ET
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Co Gonz I had no idea that Biden invaded Ukraine!  Wow you are really fully brainwashed by the actual invader: Putin.  He is waging cyber war on the US and you are his willing tool.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 20, 2022 4:50PM ET
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Suckers….sorry dear republicans please send me some money to my ripp off fund best regards trump ps they are all lying to you the truth comes only from mee
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jun 20, 2022 4:50PM ET
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What’s the lie?
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jun 20, 2022 4:50PM ET
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Give yourself willingly to your trump daddy the like the loyal simp you are
Brad Albright
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Co Gonz  "We hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,"
 
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