The media emperors have already decried Joe Biden as the new president. However, several key Republicans are voicing their support for President Trump.
President Trump hasn’t conceded the race to Biden, despite the Associated Press’s decisions to call the race for the Democratic challenger over the weekend. The approach has drawn unsurprising criticism from the establishment media. However, several prominent GOP’ers have made a point to publicly back the president’s legal efforts.
On Monday, newly-reelected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) became the latest Republican to support the president. He and several other prominent GOP leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, expressed support for President Trump’s legal challenges and agreed with his decision not to concede.
“President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” McConnell said from the Senate floor on Monday. “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.”
The Republican Endorsement
It was the most sweeping Republican endorsement of President Trump’s legal efforts yet. However, McConnell said he expects the courts to settle the issue decisively by inauguration days. “In January, the winner of this election will place his hand on a Bible, just like it has happened every four years since 1793,” said the Senate majority leader.
Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was among the first key Republicans to come out in support of the president. On Thursday, he told Fox News’ Hannity that he fully supported the Trump campaign’s legal challenges. Graham said Philadelphia’s election process was as “crooked as a snake” and expressed his support for the president’s ongoing legal challenges in Pennsylvania. He also committed half-a-million dollars to the Trump legal team.
“I’m here tonight to stand with President Trump,” Graham told interviewer Sean Hannity. “He stood with me, he’s the reason we’re going to have a Senate majority … He helped Senate Republicans. We’re going to pick up House seats because of the campaign that President Trump won.”
President Trump is currently mounting legal challenges in several states that could decide the outcome of the election. His campaign has requested recounts in Wisconsin and Georgia. Trump’s legal team is also embroiled in courtroom battles in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Alaska and North Carolina still haven’t declared a winner, despite Trump carrying substantial leads in the states.
The Election Is Far From Over
Despite the media’s best wishes, the election’s outcome is far from a foregone conclusion. Furthermore, many Trump supporters are irate at the prospect of a stolen election beset by voter fraud. After four prosperous years under President Trump, Republican politicians need to be very careful about how they approach the concession issue. Otherwise, they’ll risk offending Trump voters.
The mainstream media is covering this story as if Trump’s decision not to concede is an egregious affront to our democracy, but the truth is the election results haven’t been certified yet. The media wants to play kingmaker, but they have no legal authority to decide an election. Lefty commentators can cry all they want, but President Trump won’t back down until he’s had his day in court.
The entire GOP should express their full support for the president exercising his legal right. However, there’s always a handful of particularly slimy political operators who want to ride the fence. Luckily, the president is still getting support from the Republicans that matter.