Romney on Georgia: Trump calling election rigged 'not a great way to turn out your voters'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyNo deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (R-Utah) knocked President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE on Wednesday, arguing that his persistent claims of a "rigged" presidential election in November cost the party votes in the two Georgia Senate races on Tuesday.

“Well, it turns out that telling the voters that the election is rigged is not a great way to turn out your voters,” Romney told reporters in the Capitol.

Romney’s comments come a day after the Georgia runoffs, with the results positioning Democrats to reclaim control of the Senate for the first time since 2014.

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Trump has claimed for weeks that the November election was “rigged,” fueling concerns among Republicans that such remarks could negatively impact their ability to hold onto their slim Senate majority as they tried to fend off challenges from Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia.

The apparent defeat for Republicans in Georgia comes as dozens of Republicans are preparing to challenge the outcome of the election results during a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

At least 13 GOP senators are expected to support the objections to the electoral counts. Those objections will be defeated with bipartisan support in both chambers.

Romney, who was the only GOP senator to support one of the articles of impeachment against Trump last year, said the president has “disrespected the American voters, has dishonored the election system and has disgraced the office of the presidency.”

“I’m confident we'll proceed as the constitution demands and tell our supporters the truth, whether or not they want to hear it,” Romney added.