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George Pataki looking at the camera: Former NY GOP gov calls election challenges 'grave threat to our freedom' © Getty Images Former NY GOP gov calls election challenges ‘grave threat to our freedom’

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) blasted attempts by some Republicans in Congress to overturn the results of the 2020 election, calling the push “a grave threat to our freedom.”

Since President Trump took office, “none of our freedoms have been at risk, until now,” Pataki said in a statement Tuesday. “The ongoing effort to get friendly politicians to decertify state election results is a grave threat to our freedom. A political majority in Congress, undoing the certified results of the states, would undermine our entire electoral system.”

“This effort must stop now and responsible Republicans must denounce these efforts as Senator [Tom] Cotton [R-Ark.] and others have done over the past two weeks,” Pataki added.

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The former governor goes on to call for any credible allegations of voter fraud to be investigated and condemns states where officials altered voting regulations without the approval of their legislatures.

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“But certify the results promptly. No intimidation, no threatening or political retaliation,” Pataki continued. “President Trump doesn’t want to leave office, but leave he must.”

A coalition of at least 13 GOP senators and more than 100 Republican House members have announced they will object to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win, forcing a debate and formal vote. The objection will not be enough to prevent Biden from taking office, as Democrats control the House and several Senate Republicans, including Cotton, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), have announced they will not back it.

Pataki briefly ran for the GOP nomination for president in 2016, and unseated then-Gov. Mario Cuomo (D) in 1994 despite an endorsement of Cuomo across party lines by then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now the president’s personal attorney.

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