McConnell slams attempts to challenge Biden win

At the start of debate on certifying the Electoral College result, McConnell said: "We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of election on steroids." McConnell added, "The voters, courts, states, they've all spoken. If we overrule them it would damage our republic forever."

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MITCH MCCONNELL: We're debating a step that has never been taken in American history, whether Congress should overrule the voters and overturn a presidential election. I've served 36 years in the Senate. This will be the most important vote I've ever cast. President Trump claims the election was stolen. The assertions range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments to sweeping conspiracy theories.

I supported the president's right to use the legal system. Dozens of lawsuits received hearings and courtrooms all across our country. But over and over, the courts rejected these claims, including all-star judges whom the president himself has nominated.

The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. They've all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.

This election actually was not unusually close. Just in recent history, 1976, 2000, and 2004 were all closer than this one. The electoral college margin is almost identical to what it was in 2016. If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral.

Congress will either override the voters, overrule them, the voters, the states, and the courts for the first time ever or honor the people's decision. We'll either guarantee Democrats' delegitimizing efforts after 2016 become a permanent new routine for both sides or declare that our nation deserves a lot better than this. And I will not pretend such a vote would be a harmless protest gesture while relying on others to do the right thing. I will vote to respect the people's decision and defend our system of government as we know it.