Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned his Republican peers in the Senate not to enter President Donald Trump’s prolonged assault on the results of the Electoral College.
McConnell sought to advance the Joe Biden age in public remarks and private threats Tuesday and organize a divided Republican Party ahead of runoff elections in Georgia that will decide Senate control.
First, the Republican leader lauded the “endless” successes of Mr. Trump as he congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday during a Senate floor speech in the morning.
He then warned Republican senators not to contest the outcome of the Electoral College when Congress meets to certify the results in a joint session on Jan. 6.
According to a Politico article, the dispute would result in a “terrible vote” for Republicans, McConnell told senators.
They will have to determine whether to support Mr. Trump publicly — or not.
In Georgia, where two incumbent Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, face Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in a state that flipped in November for Mr. Biden, Republicans are worried about bad consequences for the Jan. 5 runoff.
For much of Trump’s campaigns, McConnell has been a big supporter.
Six weeks after Election Day, however, the turn of events saw the Kentucky senator, assisted by his leadership team, attempting to normalize ties with President-elect Biden while preventing the spectacle of a heated floor battle that would split the party if Mr. Trump left office reluctantly.
“I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said as the Senate floor opened Tuesday.
“Many of us had hoped that the presidential election would produce a different result,” he said.
But the protocols for deciding who is sworn in on Jan. 20 are in effect in our system of government,”But our system of government has the processes in place to determine who is sworn in on Jan. 20,”
“The Electoral College has spoken.”
Mr. Biden told reporters that he called for the remarks to thank Mr. McConnell and the two had a “good conversation.”
He said that when he left for a campaign in Georgia, he told Mr. McConnell that “there are things we can work together on.”
After weeks of silence, McConnell’s remarks followed other leading Republicans speaking out after the vote in the Electoral College late Monday.
Finally, they said out loud what many Republicans have been secretly signalling – that Mr. Biden is the winner of the presidential election and that Mr. Trump’s election threats are effectively renounced.
From there, when many GOP senators announced that they had spoken with Mr. Biden, including Mr. Trump’s allies Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitt Romney of Utah, the presidential candidate for the 2012 GOP, the floodgates opened.
Some have had meetings with candidates for administration positions from Mr. Biden.
Romney expressed appreciation for Biden’s ability to withstand the rigors of a presidential campaign and serve in the highest position in the country in his phone call, the senator’s office said.
The two also spoke about the challenging political climate ahead.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that “enough is enough.” now that Mr. McConnell has spoken.
Mr. Trump needs to finish his tenure with a minimum of grace and integrity,’ said Mr. Schumer.
Mr. Trump, for his part, has continued to promote his “voter fraud.” arguments.