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Trump faces pressure from Republicans to drop fight to overturn election

WASHINGTON DC, USA: More Republicans joined a chorus urging President Trump to concede and drop his chaotic, last-ditch fight over far-fetched conspiracy theories to overturn the US presidential election, a Pennsylvania judge compared Trump’s legal case to “Frankenstein’s monster”.

Despite Republican leadership in Washington standing behind the president’s claims that the “November 3 election was stolen from him” by nationwide voter fraud, other prominent figures, including two of his former national security advisers, were blunt.

Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said that Biden would be sworn in in January. “The real question is how much damage Trump can do before that happens,” he said. The president’s efforts were designed mainly to sow chaos and confusion.

Bolton noted that the Trump campaign has so far lost all but two of more than 30 legal challenges in various states.

“Right now Trump is throwing rocks through windows, he is the political equivalent of a street rioter,” Bolton said.

And another former Trump administration national security adviser, HR McMaster, told CBS’s Face the Nation that Trump’s efforts were “very corrosive” and warned that his actions were sowing doubt among the electorate.

“It’s playing into the hands of our adversaries,” he said, warning that Russia, for example, “doesn’t care who wins” as long as many Americans doubt the result, undermining US democracy.

In the latest setback to Trump’s efforts, Matthew Brann, a Republican US district court judge in Pennsylvania, threw out the Trump campaign’s request to disenfranchise almost 7 million voters there.

“This claim, like Frankenstein’s monster, has been haphazardly stitched together from two distinct theories in an attempt to avoid controlling precedent,” he wrote in a damning order, issued on Saturday.

It came after similar failed court bids in Georgia, Michigan and Arizona to prevent states from certifying their vote totals.

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On Sunday evening, hours after former New Jersey governor and adviser to the president Chris Christie said Trump’s legal team was a “national embarrassment” the campaign issued a statement distancing itself from lawyer Sidney Powell, who has been a prominent figure arguing the Trump case that the election was fraudulent while positing wild theories but no evidence.

In one tweet, the president claimed that “in certain swing states, there were more votes than people who voted, and in big numbers,” while also alleging “fake ballots” and “egregious conduct.”

Fact-checkers have repeatedly looked into viral claims that vote counts exceeded registered voters in various locales and found them all to be false. Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet as being “disputed”.

In a second tweet late on Sunday, Trump shared a Breitbart News piece about his record in courting Hispanic voters, writing “Great, but we also won the election!” As The Post’s Fact Checker has repeatedly reported, that is false.