Editorial board of Adelson-backed newspaper tells Trump it's time to face reality

Source: Politico | November 12, 2020 | Nick Niedzwiadek

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s editorial board also says Trump has “nothing to lose” by allowing the government to begin working with Joe Biden’s transition team.

The editorial page of a newspaper owned by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson thinks it’s time for President Donald Trump to face the reality of his defeat.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote that absent concrete evidence, Trump’s continued claims of pervasive voter fraud “does a disservice to his more rabid supporters” because the idea is “simply false.”

“In fact, rhetoric from Trump surrogates alleging widespread illegal activity has been devoid of detailed evidence supporting the charge that there was a concerted effort to ‘steal’ the election through corruption,” states the editorial published Wednesday night. “An electoral system that involves the participation of 150 million Americans will have its share of issues, but it’s an insult to reason and logic to argue that isolated irregularities constitute proof of a grand national conspiracy.”

The paper noted that Republicans down ballot from Trump outperformed expectations and preelection polls — a fact that has Republican candidates pretzeling themselves to fit within the president’s characterization of the election.

“Why, if there were some orchestrated Democratic attempt to rig the balloting, did the party underachieve in congressional and statewide balloting across the country?” the editorial asks.

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