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A worrying variety of outstanding Republicans have indicated in latest interviews that they might not settle for the end result of November’s US election.

The subsequent presidential race is already all however sure to be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, which ended with a transparent victory for the Democrat that the incumbent refused to just accept.

Mr Trump’s denial sparked months of farcical authorized challenges, backroom plotting, menacing telephone calls, and rampant however baseless conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines and misplaced ballots in help of the crushed candidate’s completely spurious narrative that the election was “stolen” from him by fraud on a large scale.

The feverish environment of that second ultimately boiled over into the occasions of 6 January 2021 when a mob of Mr Trump’s Mega supporters stormed the US Capitol, partaking in violent clashes with regulation enforcement whereas lawmakers who had assembled to certify the outcomes fled the legislative advanced in concern for his or her lives.

The billionaire businessman, now searching for a belated second time period within the White House, has already warned that November’s vote may be “rigged”, as he sees it, successfully laying the groundwork for additional denialism ought to he lose once more.

While Trump allies like JD Vance and Lindsey Graham have mentioned they may settle for the end result as long as it’s “fair”, plenty of their fellow Republicans have declined to make an analogous dedication, a few of whom – not totally uncoincidentally – are understood to be in rivalry to be Mr Trump’s working mate and are subsequently eager to curry favor.

Here’s a take a look at the Republicans who’ve mentioned one thing aside from an unequivocal “yes” when requested if they’d settle for no matter transpires on 5 November.

Elise Stefanik

New York congresswoman Elise Stefanik complained about ‘suppression of the American people’ (AP)

Speaking to Kristen Welker on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday 6 January, the New York congresswoman was requested: “Would you vote to certify, and will you vote to certify, the results of the 2024 election no matter what they show?”

“We will see if this is a legal and valid election,” she ultimately replied, occurring to complain about efforts, then underway, to take away Mr Trump from main poll papers in Colorado and Maine citing an anti-insurrectionist clause within the US Constitution.

“What we’re seeing so far is that Democrats are so desperate, they’re trying to remove President Trump from the ballot. That is a suppression of the American people.

“And the Supreme Court is taking that case up in February – that should be a nine to zero to allow President Trump to appear on the ballot because that’s the American people’s decision to make this November.”

Asked if that meant she would solely settle for the outcomes if Mr Trump gained, she answered: “No, it means if they’re constitutional. What we saw in 2020 was unconstitutional circumventing of the constitution, not going through state legislators when it comes to changing election law.”

Byron Donalds

The Florida congressman was interviewed by Axios in March and revealed that if he was Mr Trump’s vice-president and positioned in the identical place Mike Pence discovered himself in on 6 January 2021 – a hypothetical that might not come to go till it got here to certifying the outcomes of the 2028 presidential election – he could not act as Mr Pence did and take a stand.

“If you have state officials who are violating the election law in their states… then no, I would not,” Mr Donalds answered when the proposition was put to him, including that he “knew” some states didn’t observe election legal guidelines in 2020.

Tim Scott

South Carolina senator Tim Scott can solely envisage a Trump victory (Getty)

Also chatting with Ms Welker on Meet the Pressthe South Carolina senator was likewise requested on Sunday 5 May whether or not he would settle for the outcomes and mentioned solely: “At the end of the day, the 47th president of the United States will be President Donald Trump.”

Pushed by the host for a extra emphatic dedication, Mr Scott mentioned merely: “That is my statement.”

Pressed a 3rd time, he merely repeated: “I look forward to President Trump being the 47th president – the American people will make the decision.”

Doug Burgum

The North Dakota governor, like Mr Scott a former Republican presidential contender turned doable working mate for Mr Trump, took an analogous line on the identical day when he dodged the query by telling Jake Tapper on CNN’s rival Sunday present State of the Nation that he was “looking forward to next January when Vice-President Harris certifies the election for Donald Trump”.

He continued: “I mean, the American people are the ones that get to decide these elections, but for both parties and for all Americans, we’ve got to make sure that every county, every precinct is beyond reproach, that everybody can be confident in our country.”

While he was eager to emphasize the significance of election integrity, Governor Burgum was reasonably much less forthcoming when Mr Tapper requested him about the opportunity of additional political violence erupting ought to Mr Trump lose in November.

Marco Rubio

Florida senator Marco Rubio is not going to settle for what he calls an ‘unfair election’ (AP)

Also showing on Meet the Pressthis time on Sunday 19 May, the Florida senator – as soon as derided by Mr Trump as “Little Marco” however who now says he could be “honored” to be the presumptive GOP nominee’s veep – was offered with the identical query.

“Will you accept the election results of 2024 no matter what happens?” Ms Welker requested, as soon as once more.

“No matter what happens? No, if it’s an unfair election,” Senator Rubio answered.

“Senator, no matter who wins,” the journalist endured.

“I think you’re asking the wrong person,” he mentioned.

“The Democrats are the ones who have opposed every Republican victory since 2000.”