President-elect Biden responded to President Trump̵
President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election to rival President Joe Biden. Accompanying Trump’s unprecedented denial of the election result are various lawsuits in which the Trump campaign has claimed that the voter has widespread voter fraud or a conspiracy to thwart the president. These allegations are unfounded.
Democrats have torn off the president’s stone wall of the transition process, while federal courts have thrown out several of the Trump campaign’s trials. Republican lawmakers have largely stood on the sidelines.
However, a small but growing minority of congressional Republicans and elected leaders around the country have begun to recognize Biden’s victory. Some have called on Trump to step aside, and others have even made threats of action.
Here is an ongoing list of Republican officials who have acknowledged Biden’s victory.
About one-fifth of the Republican Senate has explicitly acknowledged Biden’s victory. Some GOP senators, including sens. John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and James Lankford have called on Biden to receive intelligence but have refused to call him president-elect.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
“I congratulate the President-elect Biden and the Vice-President Harris and will be ready to work with their administration when it takes office,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a statement.
The moderate Alaska senator has also signaled that she will support nominees for Biden’s cabinet, provided they are “within the mainstream.”
“He is our elected president. All presidents have the right to their cabinet, ”Murkowski said.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse
In a statement to the Omaha World-Herald, Senator Ben Sasse of R-Nebraska said, “We pray for both President Trump and President-elect Biden that both will be wise in carrying out their respective duties during this important time in our nation. . “
Sasse has admonished the Trump campaign’s legal battles in swing states, saying in a statement that “they have repeatedly refused to actually claim big scams – because there are legal consequences for lying to judges.”
The senator has also said the public should ignore tweets or allegations of conspiracy and instead focus on “what the president’s lawyers are actually saying in court.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
“Well, of course it will be the decision of the president-elect,” Senator Marco Rubio, Florida, told reporters when asked about potential cabinet elections for the Biden administration.
Rubio has also questioned Trump’s allegations of fraud, tweeting: “Taking days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud. And the court’s challenges to casting votes after the legal voting deadline are NOT repression.”
Maine Senator Susan Collins
In a statement, Senator Susan Collins congratulated President-elect Biden on his victory and urged voters to “be patient” with the counting of votes.
“I would like to congratulate the elected President Biden on his apparent victory,” Collins wrote.
Collins, a Republican from Maine, has also said she gives presidents “great latitude” when choosing their cabinets, saying she will likely vote for Biden’s nominees for executive agencies.
Collins has also called Trump’s attack on the legitimacy of the election “wrong”, saying the insinuations of widespread fraud “undermine public belief in our election results without evidence and court decisions in support of the allegations.”
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey
“President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the outcome of the Pennsylvania presidential race,” Senator Pat Toomey wrote in a statement after a federal judge issued a Trump campaign case on alleged extensive state fraud without evidence.
“President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the president’s transition process,” Toomey’s statement continued.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney
“Ann and I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” said Utah Senator Mitt Romney in a statement shortly after Biden’s victory was projected by several media outlets.
“We know them both as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.”
Romney has called Trump’s refusal to admit “undemocratic” and has paralyzed the president and his allies to question the legitimacy of the election.
the House of Representatives
A small percentage of the GOP conference in Parliament has acknowledged Biden’s victory, with some instead repeating conspiracy theories claiming that the election was somehow stolen from Trump.
GOP House Leader Jim Durkin (Illin.)
“The election is over. Begin the transition process, ”said the rep. Jim Durkin for the Chicago Sun-Times.
“The people have spoken in this land. “I hope the president understands that there is no way he can overthrow these results, and we are at a time when there must be a cooling-off period and a transition of power to the elected president,” he continued.
“I am a pragmatic Republican. And I think you know there are winners and losers in every election. You may not like the result, but the fact is that you will have to move on. ”
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wy.)
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming urged Trump to respect “the sanctity of our electoral process” if the campaign’s allegations of widespread fraud could not be substantiated by evidence in court.
“If they have genuine evidence of this, they are obligated to present it immediately to the court and to the American people,” Cheney said in a statement.
“If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process.”
Alaska Rep. Dan Young
“I wish the President-elect good luck in what will undoubtedly be the most challenging chapter of his political career,” the Alaska rep said. Dan Young in a statement.
“It is time to put the election behind us and come together to work for a better future for our nation,” Young continued.
“I urge President-elect Biden to listen carefully to those who did not vote for him,” Young also warned.
Florida Rep. Francis Rooney
“Congratulations with [President-elect] Ask for a successful campaign, ”said the rep. Francis Rooney, from Florida, in a statement. ” All Americans need to meet to support [President-elect] Biden. Our nation will only succeed if the new administrator is. “
Rooney also wrote an op-ed in The Hill entitled “Time to Admit: The Peaceful Transition of Power is an American Tradition” in which he called on Trump to resign.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Sofia and I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our nation deserves two competing parties that can work together whenever possible and compete honorably when not, “tweeted Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
Illinois Rep. John Shimkus
“Although I supported his opponent, I wish the elected President Joe Biden good luck,” the rep said. Adam Shimkus of Illiniois.
“The peaceful transfer of power is a signal to the world about the strength of democracy and the resilience of our Republic. “Although I support his opponent, I wish the elected President Joe Biden good luck,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell
“Congratulations to Elected President Biden and Elected Vice President Harris. This election was fought hard by both candidates, and ultimately voters elected them to the job,” the Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell.
“Given the complexity, we need to start the process of transitioning to a new administration,” Mitchell also urged CNN.
Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon
“I think the manuscript is on the wall that Joe Biden has been elected the next president,” the Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon for Nebraska’s KETV7.
“I know the president has the right to use the courts, just as someone does … my impression, however, is that Joe Biden wants to be president. We have to respect the will of the electorate,” he said.
Rep. Tom Reed from New York
“We must continue to count and certify all the votes of the American people to its full conclusion. … But out of respect and in the respect of the moment, I would like to congratulate the elected President Biden,” the New York Rep. Said Tom Reed.
“I respect the President’s right to pursue these trials, but I also recognize that if you look at our two hundred year history and look at the number of trials that Joe Biden has rightly earned the title of the expected president, and that must be recognized, ”he said.
Texas Rep. Will Hurd
“America has spoken and we must respect the decision. More unites us than separates us; we can find common ground, “tweeted Texas Rep. Will Hurd, saying” I hope the elected president can embody this. “
Rep. John Curtis of Utah
“Until a court ruling determines misdemeanors, Joe Biden must be recognized as the president-elect,” the Utah rep said. John Curtis.
Virginia Rep. Denver Riggleman
“Christine and I wish Joe Biden and Kamala Harris congratulations and best wishes,” tweeted Virginia Rep. Denver Riggleman.
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