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GOP Rep. Dragged For Bizarrely Encouraging Trump Supporters To Emulate Japanese WWII Soldiers

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President Donald Trump still refuses to acknowledge his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, which President-elect Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes and a near-seven million lead in the popular vote.

As Trump spews lies of widespread voter fraud on his Twitter account and his legal team pursues litigation to overturn the results of the election, Trump's Republican allies are standing by him, echoing false claims that Trump is the legitimate winner of the election.

In leaping to defend Trump's baseless assertions, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) embarked on a bizarre rant encouraging Republicans to emulate Japanese soldiers in World War II.

Gosar pointed to Teruo Nakamura, a Japanese soldier who didn't surrender defeat in World War II until 1974.

As history remembers, Japan was part of the Axis Powers in the second world war, attacking the port of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—an act of aggression that catapulted the United States into the global fray.

Japan surrendered in 1945, shortly after two atomic bombs were dropped by the United States in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians.

Twitter users thought Gosar's argument was bizarre, to say the least.

People also reminded Gosar that, despite the efforts of holdouts like Nakamura, Japan ultimately lost the war—an inadvertently apt metaphor for the Trump campaign's endeavors to overturn the election.