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Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney went after President Donald Trump again this week.
The Utah Republican took to Twitter to share that he believes “counting every vote is at the heart of democracy” after Trump challenged the electoral process and claimed that the election was being stolen during remarks from the White House on Thursday.
Romney, in a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, did not directly name the president but encouraged Americans to have faith in the democratic process.
“Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy. That process is often long and, for those running, frustrating. The votes will be counted. If there are irregularities alleged, they will be investigated and ultimately resolved in the courts. Have faith in democracy, in our Constitution, and in the American people,” Romney said in a statement on Twitter.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 6, 2020
Trump on Thursday claimed without evidence that that the election was fraudulent and challenged the electoral process as his opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, closed in on 270 electoral votes.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking at them very strongly,” Trump told reporters.
The president also claimed that he had already won states like Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press has not called the race in Georgia or Pennsylvania, and the outlet has called Biden as the winner in Michigan, in addition to several other news outlets.
The president also lashed out at urban areas such as Philadelphia and Detroit, accusing them of being corrupt and claiming that they “cannot be responsible for engineering the outcome of a presidential race.”
Trump on Thursday also tweeted “stop the count,” as election officials continue to tally ballots cast legally. His campaign later said his comments were directed toward ballots that might have been illegally cast.