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Following yet another legal setback, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania called on President Trump to accept the outcome of the November 3 election and move forward with the transition process to protect his presidential legacy.
“President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the outcome of the Pennsylvania presidential race,” Toomey said in a lengthy statement.
His statement Saturday night came shortly after a federal judge dismissed a Trump campaign case challenging the results in Pennsylvania by claiming that election officials in Democratic skewed counties allowed voters to correct their mail-in polls. The Trump campaign has promised the appeal of the decision.
Elected President Joe Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes. The state deadline for certifying these results is Monday.
Toomey – who is retiring instead of running for re-election in two years – added his congratulations to Biden and Elected Vice President Kamala Harris, saying he will “seek to work across the board” with them despite their political disagreements.
“Make no mistake about it, I am deeply disappointed that President Trump and Vice President Pence were not re-elected. I endorsed the President and voted for him,” he said, endorsing the Trump administration for its tax policy and three Supreme Court appointments.
But he added: “To ensure that he is remembered for these outstanding results, and to help unite our country, President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the president’s transition process.”
For his part, Trump tweeted his disapproval of Toomey, calling him “none of my friends.” The tweet was marked by Twitter for its baseless allegations of election fraud.
What other Republicans have said
While most Republican Senate and House lawmakers have not yet formally recognized Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election, it makes sense. Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska all issued statements acknowledging Biden’s victory.
Romney recently issued a blistering reprimand of Trump after he invited Republicans in Michigan’s House and Senate to the White House, days before the deadline for that state to certify its election results.
“It’s hard to imagine a worse, more undemocratic act by a sitting American president,” Romney tweeted.
But these senators are in the minority.
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, another Republican senator who will not run for another term, said in a statement Friday: “If there is any chance at all that Joe Biden will be the next president, and it looks like he has “a very good chance, the Trump administration should provide the Biden team with all the transition material, resources and meetings needed to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on day one.”
Senator Kevin Cramer, RN.D., told NBCs Meet the press on Sunday, he believes the president’s continued legal search is appropriate.
“I do not see this as an attack on our democracy,” he said. “Everyone should just relax and let it play the legal way. We’m fine.”
However, he said it was “earlier time” for the White House to cooperate in the transition process with the Biden team.
“I’d rather have a president who has more than a day to prepare if Joe Biden ends up winning this,” Cramer said.
But the third-ranked Republican House, the Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, has called on Trump to respect “our sanctity in our electoral process.”
“If the president can not prove these claims or demonstrate that they will change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution,” she said in a statement Friday.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Trump’s legal team behavior a “national embarrassment” and spoke Sunday on ABC’s This week.
“I’m been a supporter of the President’s. I voted for him twice. But elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that did not happen, “said Christie, an ally of Trump.