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

Former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE said on Sunday that Republican leaders need to explain to voters that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement 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 BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session 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 GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands 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.