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Updated at 11:23 p.m. ET
After another legal setback, Republican Sen. Pat Tomy of Pennsylvania called on President Trump to accept the result of the Nov. 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,” Toomi said in an extensive statement.
His statement Saturday night came shortly after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Trump’s campaign, challenging results in Pennsylvania, arguing that Democrat-leaning constituencies officials allowed voters to correct mistakes in their ballots. by mail. Trump’s campaign has promised to appeal the decision.
President-elect Joe Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes. The state’s deadline for verifying these results is Monday.
Toomi – who is stepping down instead of running for re-election in two years – added congratulations to Biden and newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris, saying he would “seek to work down the aisle” with them, despite their political differences.
“Make no mistake, I am deeply disappointed that President Trump and Vice President Pence were not re-elected. I supported the president and voted for him,” he said, applauding the Trump administration for his tax policy and three appointments to the Supreme Court.
But he added: “To ensure that he is remembered for these outstanding achievements and to help unite our country, President Trump must accept the election results and facilitate the presidential transition process.”
For his part, Trump tweeted his disapproval of Toomi, calling him “no friend of mine.” The tweet was tagged by Twitter for its baseless allegations of election fraud.
What other Republicans said
While most Republican Senate and House MPs have not yet formally recognized Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have all issued statements acknowledging Biden. victory.
Romney recently issued a bubble rebuke to Trump after inviting Republicans to the Michigan House and the Senate to the White House, days before the deadline for the country to certify its election results.
“It’s hard to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president,” Romney tweeted.
But these senators are in the minority.
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, another Republican senator who will not seek another term, said in a statement Friday: “If there is any chance that Joe Biden will be the next president and he seems to have a very good chance, the Trump administration should provide Biden’s team has all the transition materials, resources and meetings needed to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on the first day. “
Senator Kevin Kramer, RN.D., told NBC Get acquainted with the press on Sunday, he believes the president’s ongoing legal search is appropriate.
“I do not see this as an attack on our democracy,” he said. “Everyone just has to relax and let it be played legally. We’ll be fine.”
However, he said it was “past time” for the White House to cooperate in the transition process with Biden’s team.
“I prefer to have a president who has more than a day to prepare if Joe Biden eventually wins that,” Kramer said.
But the third-ranked Republican House in Wyoming, Liz Cheney, called on Trump to respect “the sanctity of our election process.”
“If the president cannot prove these allegations or prove that they will change the outcome of the election, he must 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 the behavior of Trump’s legal team a “national embarrassment”, speaking on ABC’s on Sunday. This week.
“I am a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice. But the election has consequences, and we can’t continue to act as if something happened here that didn’t happen, “said Christie, an ally of Trump.