Elections

Comey says Democrats "have to" beat Trump in 2020

James Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Former FBI Director James Comey urged Democrats to nominate the best possible candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020 at an event Sunday night, saying Americans must "use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," CNN reports.

"We have to remind ourselves that the president of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, they should be in jail — private citizens — that's not OK. And if we become numb to it, we risk surrendering the norm."

The backdrop: Comey has grown to become a vocal critic of Trump since being fired in May 2017, at various points labeling his presidency "an attack of our values" and the rule of law. That has opened him up to repeated character attacks from the president — most recently on Sunday, when Trump tweeted that "Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day."

North Carolina GOP candidate endorses new election if evidence of fraud surfaces

Mark Harris speaking at a campaign rally
Mark Harris speaking at a campaign rally with President Trump. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

North Carolina GOP candidate Mark Harris said in a video Friday that he would "wholeheartedly" support a new election if evidence of fraud is presented in North Carolina's 9th congressional district race, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This is a sharp turn from Harris' stance yesterday when he demanded that the election results be certified immediately with him as the victor over Democrat Dan McCready, who officially pulled his concession on Thursday. State and national GOP officials were alerted by Harris' Republican primary opponent that there may have been fraud in the primary election, but officials instead focused on Harris' general election campaign against McCready.

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