As Donald Trump took to the White House podium early this morning, lashing out that he had been cheated out of winning the US election, the US President looked more isolated than ever.

American network MSBNC pulled away after 30 seconds, triggered by the words: "if you count the legal votes, I easily win."

Host Brian Williams interjected: "There are no illegal votes that we know of. There has been no Trump victory that we know of."

While CNN and Fox News aired the full 17 minutes, CNN's presenter Jake Tapper had harsher words when it was over.

"What a a sad night for the United States of America ... Trump says the vote is being stolen from him. It's not true, it's ugly. Frankly, it's pathetic," he mused.

But it was the silence from most Republicans that spoke louder than any of those words.

Both Republican critics and allies of the president have remained largely mum as their party leader attacks America’s electoral system.

It is a silence so deafening that even Donald Trump’s son Eric accused Republicans, also known as the Grand Old Party, of betraying his father by failing to endure the president’s claims of fraud.

"Where is the GOP?! Our voters will never forget . . . " he tweeted.

This was later deleted, but Eric then tweeted: "Where are Republicans! Have some backbone. Fight against this fraud. Our voters will never forget you if your sheep!"

A small pool of well-known Republicans bit the bullet. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum took to CNN to describe the claims of fraud as "shocking" and "dangerous".

While known anti-Trump Republican Mitt Romney appealed to people to have faith in democracy.

"If there are irregularities alleged, they will be investigated and ultimately resolved in the courts. Have faith in democracy, in our Constitution, and in the American people," he said.

A sentiment echoed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, that all the votes should be counted.

"Claiming you’ve won the election is different from finishing the counting," he said on Wednesday.

Albeit three days after President Trump first claimed fraud, a loyal camp of Republican Trump supporters came out defending the president last night.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham took to conservative's favourite Fox News to back the president overnight.


Texas Senator Cruz slammed election workers in Philadelphia over not allowing observers in.

"By clouding the vote counting in a shroud of darkness, they are setting the stage to potentially steal the election not just from the president but the over 60 million people across this country who voted… it is lawless and they need to follow the law," he said.

While re-elected Senator Lindsey Graham didn’t go as far as Ted Cruz, he said "all should be on the table", but called on people to donate money to help litigation efforts.

The Republican Party knows it has bowed to Trumpism.

It didn’t announce a new platform of policies to voters this year at the Republican National Convention instead pledging to "enthusiastically" support Donald Trump.

Now with Donald Trump’s path to victory in doubt, the silent majority could be mulling about their party’s future direction before they jump into action.

Anti-Trump Republicans who voted for Joe Biden are eager to reshape the GOP.

But they may have a battle on their hands with new voices in the party, like newly elected Qanon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Republicans are on course to hold their Senate majority but whether Donald Trump keeps the presidency or not, the party faces a stark decision about where it wants to go next.