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Karl Rove Blasts Republicans Who Back Trump’s False 2020 Claims

  • Longtime GOP strategist calls on party not to absolve attack
  • Former president has downplayed riot as a legitimate protest
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Biden Blames Trump Directly for Jan. 6 Violence

Longtime Republican strategist Karl Rove unleashed a sweeping attack on members of his party who have echoed former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election and the subsequent Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, urging them to put patriotism ahead of political interests. 

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Thursday marking the one-year anniversary of the assault, Rove asked Republicans how they would respond if, after Trump won the 2016 election, Democrats had claimed fraud, stormed the Capitol, attacked police officers and threatened violence against GOP leaders to stop legally certified Electoral College votes for Trump.