Republican lawmakers are running out of patience with President TrumpDonald John Trump Ben Carson says he is ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘extremely ill’ with COVID-19 Biden receives @POTUS Twitter account on January 20, though Trump does not admit, says company Trump to attend virtual G-20 summit in the midst of coronavirus rise MORE̵
Trump’s legal team has not yet backed up its allegations of widespread electoral fraud with sufficient evidence to convince Republican officials in Congress and in key states that they have merit.
Instead, a growing number of Republicans are publicly acknowledging it Joe BidenJoe Biden External groups flood Georgia with pre-run advertising purchases Biden receives @POTUS Twitter account on January 20, though Trump does not admit, the company says Trump is attending the virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus rise MORE is likely to be the next president and urges the Trump administration to start sharing intelligence and other transitions to enable a smooth transfer of power.
Dens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander Former GOP senator: Republicans can’t stand Trump’s ‘ruthless’ demands after election Key McConnell ally: Biden must have access to transitional resources The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Dems pushes McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 MORE (R-Tenn.), Who is close to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden decides to elect Secretary of State OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats push Biden to elect Haaland as next Home Secretary | Trump’s administration proposal aims at bank promises to avoid financing fossil fuels | Wasserman Schultz puts climate plan in motion for chairman Grants Key McConnell ally: Biden must have access to transitional resources MORE (R-Ky.) On Friday issued a statement that Biden “has a very good chance” of being the next president and urges the administration “to provide the Biden team with all the transition material, resources and meetings needed for to ensure a smooth transition. ”
Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, stressed the importance of the next president being ready to distribute an expected COVID-19 vaccine.
“The rapid and orderly transfer or reaffirmation of enormous power after a presidential election is the most enduring symbol of our democracy,” he said.
Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for evidence of electoral fraud Republicans who could serve in a Biden government GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president MORE (R), a Michigan veteran, said Friday: “I see no evidence of fraud that would topple 150,000 some-odd votes,” referring to Biden’s margin of victory in Michigan.
Upton’s condition was in the middle of the storm this week. Trump on Thursday urged Republican lawmakers from Michigan to come to the White House on Friday to discuss the state’s pending certification of the election result. A report reported by the Associated Press shows that Biden leads Trump by more than 155,000 votes in Michigan.
Upton said he did not know how Trump’s legal team could succeed.
“I do not know which way they are on,” he said.
Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay Granger Bottom line GOP women’s group rolls out six-figure campaign for Ernst Bottom line MORE (R-Texas) on Friday said she had “major concerns” about Trump’s persistence in trying to invalidate the election result.
“It seems like it’s time to move on,” she told CNN. “I think it’s time for him to really realize and be very aware of what’s going on.”
Republican lawmakers have defended Trump’s right to challenge election results in court, but have warned he must back up his claims with hard facts, something he has not yet done with sufficient evidence to justify throwing thousands of votes.
Trump’s legal team has suffered a series of setbacks in court, including a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding that election officials in Philadelphia allowed Trump allied observers to view the counting of ballots in accordance with the law.
Vin Weber, a Republican strategist, said GOP lawmakers will increase pressure on Trump to phase out his attempt to undermine the election results if they experience his continued legal battle threatening their chances of winning two crucial Senoff races in Georgia scheduled for January 5th.
“I think we are approaching that point,” he said. “There is no political reason why Republicans turn on the president, he is the party’s title leader, he is the party’s leader, he has the support of a majority of Republicans.
“But the whole ball game is Georgia,” he added. “As soon as people start thinking that Republican opposition is hurting us in Georgia, you will see Republicans swarming around him.”
A Republican aide from the Senate said Friday that GOP senators are running out of patience with Trump.
“He has not yet made decent claims in court that have facts behind them,” the assistant said. “The fact that he is summoning state legislators and calling state legislators is repulsive, and I think there is a growing alarm.”
Trump’s legal team was further investigated after the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for evidence of electoral fraud Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 Trump camp fundraises off Giuliani press conference MORE, and its other members held a press conference on Thursday alleging “massive fraud” and insisting that Trump “won by landslides.”
Giuliani’s message was undermined by his own earlier statement to a federal judge hearing a Pennsylvania lawsuit that admitted “this is not a fraud case.”
A Michigan lawsuit that Giuliani pointed to on Thursday as evidence that pollsters were trying to influence voters was thrown out Friday by a judge who said the plaintiffs’ accusations were based on speculation and guesswork.
Formerly Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips Corker Former GOP senator: Republicans can’t stand Trump’s ‘ruthless’ claims after election Cornyn: Relationship with Trump as ‘women who get married and think they want to change their spouse’ Trump urges Sasse over leaked sound MORE (R-Tenn.), The former chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, urged GOP senators not to stand still as Trump makes “ruthless” claims about the integrity of the election.
“Republicans have an obligation when the subject is so important to challenge demagoguery and blatantly false statements,” he said.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, called the Giuliani press conference “a train wreck” on Friday.
“I thought it was absolutely incredible,” he said. “It’s all a side show.”
He noted that the National Governors Association is already working with Biden and his team to prepare for the next phase of the federal and state governments’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Darrell West, director of government studies at the Brookings Institution, said Republicans need to be aware of the potential political downfall if Trump’s opposition to the transfer of power is seen as an obstacle to the government’s response to the pandemic at a time when infections are rising around the country.
“The Republicans reach the point where they want to start talking in large numbers because it’s all going to be a circus. They will lose every lawsuit they bring, ”he said. “Republican leaders in key states are speaking out against the Trump effort, so he has basically run out of time.”
Biden released a fundraiser for donors on Friday afternoon because the general services administration has still not issued a confirmation letter to give its transition team access to public facilities and resources.
“Here’s the deal: Because President Trump refuses to concede and delays the transition, we ourselves have to fund it and need your help,” Biden tweeted along with a link to donate to the Biden-Harris transition.
Biden warned earlier this week that Trump’s refusal to help the transition would hamper the federal response to the pandemic.
“More people could die if we do not coordinate,” he told Delaware reporters.
Earlier in the week, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump’s cyber firing provokes Warnock uprising hit by Republicans over ‘can not serve God’ and military comment ‘Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as’ Made in Israel’ MORE (R-Fla.) Referred to Biden as the President-elect and said “that is what the results of the preliminary results seem to indicate” and Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerRepublicans start turning the page to the Trump era The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump, Biden blitz battlefield says Hillicon Valley: Big Tech hears most partisan yet | Rubio warns of foreign election interference | Trump campaign page briefly hacked MORE (R-Miss.) Said it would be “reasonable” to give Biden security briefing, and it could be “actually a lot of help.”