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Clyburn blasts Trump calling state officials on election results as 'attempted coup'

Clyburn blasts Trump calling state officials on election results as 'attempted coup'
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Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Tuesday rebuked President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE’s attempts to overturn the results of the election, calling it an “attempted coup.”

“This is an attempt to overthrow our government. You may not call it a coup, but this is an attempted coup,” said Clyburn while appearing on CNN’s "New Day." “Now some people said he's trying to steal the election; he's not trying to steal the election. That denotes some kind of unknown activity, when you're stealing. No, that's not what he's doing. He is in your face, trying to overthrow the will of the people.”

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As CNN host John Berman noted, Trump has called GOP officials in several states to try to change election results.

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempLawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon On The Trail: Trump threatens a Tea Party redux MORE (R) warned state legislators that they cannot appoint pro-Trump presidential electors. Kemp made this statement less than a week after Trump reportedly called him and asked him to persuade state legislators to overturn the results of the election.

In Pennsylvania, Trump asked state House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R) on Monday to “fix” a law that prevented lawmakers from replacing electors.

Clyburn pointed out in his interview that he had previously predicted Trump would not leave the White House easily.

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In August he told CNN, “I don't think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn't plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold on to office."

Berman also asked Clyburn what he had to say to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump MORE (R), his fellow South Carolina politician, as Graham has seemingly encouraged Trump's legal endeavors to overthrow the election. Graham warned the Georgia GOP on Monday there was a "civil war" brewing in their state that would end if they changed the election results.

"Get a grip," said Clyburn. "I think he's lost grip on reality. Yes, there's a 'civil war' brewing and it's just as idiosyncratic as the Civil War we had before. And it just so happens to be brewing in the same part of the country that it broke out before. And the result would be the same."

"I thought I knew Lindsey Graham," added Clyburn. "I must have been mistaken."