"On the golf course — I gotta go": Republicans on the run after Trump's call to delay the election

“I’m on the golf course. I gotta go”

Published August 2, 2020 11:52AM (EDT)

Donald Trump and Joni Ernst (Getty Image/Salon)
Donald Trump and Joni Ernst (Getty Image/Salon)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story


After President Donald Tweeted that he wanted to put off the election, it became clear that not only was it not going to happen, but even Republican officials were against the idea. At least, some of them were, others were far too busy to speak out against the unconstitutional plot.

Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator and CNN pundit, was among those who couldn't be bothered.

"I'm on the golf course. I gotta go," he told the New York Times.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), who is in a difficult reelection bid, also couldn't take a moment to indicate whether she supports stopping the election.

"Not answering any questions," she told CNN's Manu Raju.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as Rep. Michael Whatley (R-AL), all agreed it was a bad idea. Rubio specifically said he wished that Trump hadn't said it.

"The election is going to be held in November. Absentee ballots in North Carolina are strongly encouraged, as has the president encouraged them," said Tillis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed it's not happening.

Rep. Kelli Ward (R-AZ) wasn't informed because she was in the Fox New bubble: "I haven't seen anything because I was on 'Fox and Friends.'"

Rep. Andrew Hitt (R-WI) refused to speak on the record: "I haven't seen it. I would be happy to talk off the record."

Rep. Terry Lathan (R-AL) gave Trump a pass on the statement, claiming it was just a suggestion, not a demand. "The president was asking a question on this topic, not making a statement."

More will likely follow, proudly proclaiming to the world that they have somewhere else to be and can't possibly comment.

By Sarah K. Burris

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