Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results 'driving a stake in the heart of the federal republic,' Republican Rep. Chip Roy warned.

Roy texted Mark Meadows his concerns about Trump's rhetoric and the 2020 election challenge.

Trump should "tone down the rhetoric," he said."We're driving a stake into the heart of the federal republic," he said.

Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy warned Mark Meadows that President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the election were inciting his base and undermining the country's electoral system.

We must urge the President to tone down the rhetoric, and approach the legal challenge firmly, intelligently, and effectively

The texts show that the Texas Republican, a hardline conservative member of Meadows' House Freedom Caucus, initially backed the former president's legal challenges.

However, on December 10, prior to the Electoral College meeting, Roy publicly warned that the Texas attorney general's lawsuit "represents a dangerous violation of federalism."

During a dispute at a party