On Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the presidential race after weeks of delay. This comes after the Electoral College’s vote on Monday that certified Biden’s win.
While on the Senate floor, McConnell acknowledged Biden’s win in a speech that also highlighted President Trump’s achievements. “The Electoral College has spoken. So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” he said.
Later that day, President-elect Biden confirmed to reporters that he has reached out to McConnell to “thank him for the congratulations.” “We’ve always been straight with one another and we agreed we’d get together sooner than later. And I’m looking forward to working with him,” Biden told reporters.
McConnell Leadership Team Recognizes Biden Victory
Apart from McConnell, members of his leadership team also recognized the result of the election.
Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming released a statement, in which he said he felt “proud to join thousands of people in Wyoming in voting for President Trump” in the last elections. He also mentioned that he thinks President Trump is “the leader our country needs.” However, he says he also respects the result of the Electoral Vote on Monday.
On the other hand, Sen. Roy Blunt said that because they have the “constitutional threshold,” they can now officially consider Biden as the official president-elect. “The president continues obviously to have all the options he has available to him but the electoral vote today was significant,” Blunt said to reporters.
President Trump Refuses to Concede
Despite this, President Trump still refuses to concede. Even after McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, acknowledging Biden’s win, he continued to dispute the election results on Twitter, saying that voter fraud is at play.
Tremendous evidence pouring in on voter fraud. There has never been anything like this in our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2020
President Trump and his allies have filed lawsuits in an effort to overturn the election results. Most of these lawsuits have faced rejection, with the Supreme Court, state officials and political parties saying they have groundless claims.
Even with President Trump still pushing to overturn results, more lawmakers are starting to acknowledge the Biden win.
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, one of the lawmakers who has recently recognized Biden as president-elect, said: “The orderly transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy, and although I supported President Trump, the Electoral College vote today makes clear that Joe Biden is now president-Elect.”
On the other hand, while more senators recognizing Biden’s win as official, there are still those who are on the fence.
“It’s a very, very narrow path for the president. I don’t see how it gets there from here, given what the Supreme Court did,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is loyal to the president, said.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also said: “You got to have a winner. You got to have a loser. But I think once the president’s any legal arguments that he wants to make between now and then are exhausted, that certainly Joe Biden’s on a path to be President of the United States.”