A growing number of congressional Republicans are urging President Trump to concede the election to Joe Biden — but the most powerful party man on Capitol Hill is standing by the stubborn incumbent.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted Monday that it’s perfectly proper for Trump to challenge the election results in court, even though there’s no evidence to suggest Biden’s victory is the product of foul play.
“President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor in his first remarks since Biden won the election. "Let’s not have any lectures, no lectures, about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.”
Despite McConnell’s claims, not a shred of evidence has emerged to back up Trump’s desperate accusation that Democrats rigged the election against him.
Moreover, McConnell’s finger-pointing at Democrats is belied by the fact that Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 election to Trump just hours after polls closed.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) castigated McConnell for being “sympathetic to the president’s fantasies.”
“That kind of rhetoric is extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous, to our democracy," Schumer said in floor remarks after McConnell. “The president has a right to bring legal challenges and request recounts where state law allows. However, there is no legal right to file frivolous claims ... And make no mistake, there has been no evidence of any significant or widespread voter fraud. Joe Biden won this election fair and square.”
Biden, whose transition team is already busy preparing for the Democrat’s inauguration, was declared the winner of the election on Saturday after holding a sizable edge over Trump in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.
Some of McConnell’s fellow Republicans have acknowledged reality and congratulated Biden on his victory.
“Presidential transitions are important, and the president-elect and the vice president-elect should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20," Maine Sen. Susan Collins said in a statement on Monday, joining Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as the only GOP senators to admit Biden’s victory.
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