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S. Dakota Gov Kristi Noem is cheered for hot response to Mitt Romney as he rushes to congratulate Biden

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the first Republican to congratulate Joe Biden on election to the presidency. Romney is seen as a very moderate Republican who tends to align more with Democrats than his own party. Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) took issue with Romney over prematurely calling the race.

Romney tweeted: “Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”

Noem shot back on Twitter: “The 70 million Americans who voted for @realDonaldTrump are not moving on just because the media says so. Serious election integrity concerns (read Alito’s opinion) in several states that the media should be investigating.”

Romney on Sunday called for the country to “get behind” President-elect Joe Biden and said he has seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud. “I do believe, however, that it’s destructive to the cause of democracy to suggest widespread fraud or corruption. There’s just no evidence of that at this stage. And I think it’s important for us to recognize that the world is watching,” Romney said.

This debate comes as the Trump legal team is contesting election results in multiple battleground states and alleging voting discrepancies and voter fraud. The lawsuits will eventually be heard by the Supreme Court and Noem believes that calling the presidential race should wait until a solid ruling on the 2020 election is passed down by the high court.

In a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week,” the Republican governor argued that President Trump should be allowed “his day in court,” pointing to Gore’s 37-day legal effort to challenge the results of an election too close to call on Election Night.

“What I think is going on here, George, is that this is all premature. This is a premature conversation because we have not finished counting votes,” Noem asserted. “There are states that have not been called, and back in 2000, Al Gore was given his day in court. We should give President Trump his day in court.”

Host George Stephanopolous made his point that despite the president’s assertions of wrongdoing at the polls, Republican state officials have “come up with zero evidence of widespread fraud.”

Noem stated this was “absolutely not true” and urged voters to let the legal process unfold.

“That is not true. That is absolutely not true,” she countered. “People have signed legal documents, affidavits stating that they saw illegal activities and that is why we need to have this conversation in court. The New York Times itself said that there were clerical errors… computer glitches that changed Republican votes to Democrat votes.”

“You look in Pennsylvania, dead people voted in Pennsylvania,” Noem continued. “So, I don’t know how widespread it is. I don’t know if it will change the outcome, but why is everybody so scared just to have a fair election and find out? We gave Al Gore 37 days to run the process before we decided who was going to be president. Why would we not afford the 70.6 million Americans that voted for President Trump the same consideration?”

The SD governor used the example of an error in a Michigan county, where several thousand Trump votes were counted for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, to further her point. “If you look at what happened in Michigan, that we had computer glitches that changed Republican votes to Democrat votes,” she explained.

“All I’m asking for, George, is that we don’t break this country,” Noem concluded, warning, “When you break the process on which we elect our leaders, you will break America forever.”

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