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Bolton: Republican leaders need to explain to voters that Trump lost

Former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE said on Sunday that Republican leaders need to explain to voters that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE has lost the election, even though the president has yet to concede.

Appearing on ABC’s "This Week," Bolton was asked by host Martha Raddatz what could be done to convince Trump voters that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE had won the election legitimately and fairly.

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“I think it's very important for leaders in the Republican Party to explain to our voters, who are not as stupid as the Democrats think, that, in fact, Trump has lost the election and that his claims of election fraud are baseless,” said Bolton.

“The fact is that we've seen litigation in all the key battleground states, and it has failed consistently,” he added. “Right now, the Trump campaign is doing the legal equivalent of pitching pennies.”

Bolton noted that there has been no convincing evidence from the Trump campaign thus far, saying, “It's clearer and clearer there isn't any evidence.”

Raddatz noted that few Republican leaders have spoken to their constituents to convince them of Biden’s win.

Many Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Spokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome MORE (R-S.C.) have echoed Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Bolton, however, appeared to be optimistic that GOP leaders would soon take the time to speak out.

“I think they're getting ready to do it. I've said I think this is a character test for the Republican Party. I don't buy the argument that Donald Trump has hypnotized Republican voters or that they're not capable of accepting the truth. This is a myth,” said Bolton.

--Updated on Nov. 16 at 6:12 a.m.