- Republican Senator Pat Toomey congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory just hours after a federal judge threw a major Trump campaign case to challenge the election result.
- Toomey said in a statement that President Donald Trump “exhausted all probable legal options” to win the state’s 20 electoral votes.
- Toomey also accused Trump of trying to “counteract the Michigan will of voters and pick an illegal list of election colleagues.”
- “I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on their victory,” Toomey said. “They are both dedicated civil servants and I will pray for them and for our country.”
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Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey on Saturday joined a small group of Republican lawmakers who have publicly acknowledged that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election, noting that President Donald Trump has “exhausted all likely legal options” to win the state’s 20 voting votes.
Toomey’s statement came just hours after a federal judge dropped a major Trump campaign case in Pennsylvania that denied their efforts to delay the certification of state election results.
Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a sharp view that Trump’s lawyers were trying to dissuade nearly 7 million voters using “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpaid in the operational complaint and not supported by evidence.”
Toomey’s statement praised Brann as a “longtime Conservative Republican who I know is a just and impartial lawyer,” and congratulated Biden and elected vice president Kamala Harris.
“This decision follows a series of procedural losses for President Trump’s campaign,” he said, noting that Georgia has already certified its results, which show a Biden victory in the state, and Michigan appeared to be on the right track.
“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on their victory,” Toomey said. “They are both dedicated civil servants and I will pray for them and for our country.”
Toomey also accused Trump of trying to “counteract the Michigan will of voters and pick an illegal list of election colleagues.”
Toomey seemed to be referring to Trump’s recent interaction with Michigan GOP lawmakers and Wayne County board members amid the state’s efforts to certify his election results. Biden won Michigan by about 155,000 votes.
On Friday, following their controversial decision to meet with Trump in the White House, two members of the Michigan state legislature’s Republican leadership said they “have not yet been made aware of information that could change the outcome of the Michigan election and as legislators. leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan voters, just as we said during this election. “
Besides Toomey, sens Mitt Romney from Utah, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska have all congratulated Biden on his victory.