35d Mitch McConnell PLAY BUTTON
CNN  — 

The silence isn’t just deafening. It’s dangerous.

Over the past week, The Washington Post asked all 249 current Republican House members and Senators a simple question: Who won the election?

Just 29 responded. Of that group, 27 – whether in prior public statements or in response to the Post’s survey – said they believed that President-elect Joe Biden had won while two (GOP Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar of Arizona) said that Donald Trump won.

Which means that 220 House and Senate Republicans refused to take a position on who won the 2020 election. Which is 88% of all of the Republicans in Congress. Which is stunning.

It’s stunning because, well, it’s not a hard question. At all.

Here are the facts: Biden won 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Biden has, to date, received 81,284,062 votes (51.3%) to Trump’s 74,221,849 (46.9%).

In the face of those facts, Trump and his allies – led by Rudy Giuliani, who is now off the election fraud beat after testing positive for coronavirus on Sunday – have offered up a series of conspiracy theories (Hugo Chavez!), debunked anecdotes (ballots being burned!) and frivolous lawsuit (Trump’s legal team has “won” one of the 39 lawsuits it has brought regarding the vote count).

Saying that we need to consider both sides of this argument equally is an utter farce. It’s as though one side is arguing that 2 +2 = 4 and the other side is saying that 2+ 2 = 5, and we have to act as though both arguments are equally valid.

And it’s actually worse than that. Because while we can dismiss the 2 + 2 = 5 crowd without much concern about the impact of their bad math on the rest of the country, we can’t do that with what Trump is doing. Because what Trump is doing is actively working to undermine one of the central tenets of democracy: The belief that – whether or not your preferred candidate won – the presidential vote was conducted fairly and safely, and accurately reflects the will of the American public.