President-elect Biden responded to President Trump̵
President Donald Trump continues to refuse to cede the 2020 presidential election to rival President-elect Joe Biden. Trump’s unprecedented denial of the election results has accompanied various lawsuits in which the Trump campaign claims that voters are widespread voter fraud or a conspiracy to thwart the president. These allegations are unfounded.
Democrats angered the presidential stone in the transition process, while federal courts rejected several of Trump’s lawsuits. Republican lawmakers have largely sided.
However, a small but growing minority of Republicans in Congress and elected leaders in the country began to recognize Biden’s victory. Some have called for Trump to step down, while others are threatening to act.
Here is a running list of Republican officials who have acknowledged Biden’s victory.
About one-fifth of the Republican Senate explicitly acknowledged Biden’s victory. Some GOP senators, including Sensor John Cornin, Ted Cruz and James Lankford, called for Biden to receive intelligence briefings, but declined to call him president-elect.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkovski
“I congratulate President-elect Biden and President-elect Harris and I will be ready to work with their administration when it takes office,” Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement.
The moderate senator from Alaska also signaled that he would support the nominees in Biden’s cabinet, provided they were “within the mass flow.”
“He is our newly elected president. All presidents have the right to their own cabinet, “Murkovski said.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse
In a statement to the Omaha World-Herald, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, said, “We pray for both President Trump and President-elect Biden to both be reasonable in their respective responsibilities at this important time in our country.” nation. “
Sasse warned of the legitimate battles of Trump’s campaign in the swing states, saying in a statement that “they have repeatedly refused to actually claim a major fraud – because there are legal consequences to the lies of the judges.”
The senator 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, that will obviously be the decision of the newly elected president,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters when asked about the cabinet’s potential proposals for the Biden administration.
Rubio also questioned Trump’s allegations of fraud, Twitter said, “Withdrawal of days to count legally cast votes is NOT fraud, and litigation of votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT suppression.”
Maine Senator Susan Collins
In a statement, Sen. Susan Collins congratulated President-elect Biden on his victory, urging voters to be “patient” in the vote count.
“I would like to congratulate President-elect Biden on his apparent victory,” Collins wrote.
Collins, a Maine Republican, also said he gave “great freedom” to presidents in choosing their cabinets, saying he would likely vote for Biden’s nominees in executive agencies.
Collins also called Trump’s attacks on the legitimacy of the election “wrong,” saying insinuations of widespread fraud “undermine public confidence in our election results without evidence and court rulings to support the allegations.”
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Tomy
“President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the outcome of the Pennsylvania presidential race,” Sen. Pat Toomey said in a statement after a federal judge filed a lawsuit against Trump’s campaign alleging widespread fraud in the state without evidence.
“President Trump must accept the election results and facilitate the presidential transition process,” Toomi said in a statement.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney
“Ann and I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and President-elect Vice President Kamala Harris,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said in a statement shortly after Biden’s victory, predicted by many media outlets.
“We know both as good-natured and admirable people. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.”
Romney called Trump’s refusal to recognize himself as “undemocratic” and denied the president and his allies, who question the legitimacy of the election.
House of Representatives
A smaller percentage of the GOP parliamentary group in Parliament acknowledged Biden’s victory, with some repeating conspiracy theories, claiming that the election had been stolen in some way by Trump.
GOP House CEO Jim Dirkin (Ilinin)
“The election is over. Begin the transition process, “Jim Jimkin told Chicago Sun-Times.
“People have spoken in this country. “I hope the president understands that there is no way for him to undo these results, and we are at a time when there must be a period of cooling off and a transition of power to the president-elect,” he continued.
“I am a pragmatic Republican. And I believe you know that there are winners and losers in every choice. You may not like the result, but the fact is that you need to move on. “
President of the House Liz Cheney Republican Conference (Wy.)
Liz Cheney of Wyoming called on Trump to respect the “sanctity of our election process” if the campaign’s allegations of widespread fraud could not be supported by evidence in court.
“If they have real evidence of this, they are required to present it immediately in court and to the American people,” Cheney said in a statement.
“If the president cannot prove these allegations or prove that they will change the election result, he must fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, while respecting the sanctity of our electoral process.”
Alaska Dan Young
“I wish the newly elected president well in what will undoubtedly be the most challenging chapter of his political career,” Alaska spokesman Dan Young said in a statement.
“It’s time to leave the election behind and get together to work for a better tomorrow for our nation,” Young continued.
“I call on President-elect Biden to listen carefully to those who did not vote for him,” Young warned.
Representative of Florida Francis Rooney
“Congratulations for [President-elect] Biden for a successful campaign, “said Florida spokesman Francis Rooney in a statement.” All Americans must unite to support [President-elect] Biden. Our nation will only be successful if the new administrator is. “
Rooney also released a post on Hill entitled “It’s Time to Recognize: A Peaceful Transition to Power is an American Tradition,” in which he called on Trump to step down.
Representative of Illiniois Adam Kinzinger
“Sofia and I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our country deserves two competing parties that can work together when possible and compete fairly when they don’t, “tweeted Illiniois spokesman Adam Kinzinger.
Republic of Illinois John Shimkus
“Although I supported his opponent, I wish President-elect Joe Biden,” said spokesman Adam Shimkus of Ilinia.
“The peaceful transition of power is a signal to the world of the strength of democracy and the resilience of our republic. Although I supported his opponent, I wish well-elected President Joe Biden, “he wrote in a Facebook post.
Michigan Representative Paul Mitchell
“Congratulations to President-elect Biden and President-elect Harris. These elections were fought hard by both candidates, and voters eventually chose them for the job,” Michigan spokesman Paul Mitchell tweeted.
“Given the complexity, we need to start the process of transitioning to a new administration,” Mitchell also called on CNN.
Republic of Nebraska Don Bacon
“I believe the handwriting is on the wall, that Joe Biden has been elected the next president,” Nebraska spokesman Don Bacon told Nebraska’s KETV7.
“I know the president has the right to use the courts, as does anyone … but my impression is that Joe Biden will be president. We have to respect the will of the electorate,” he said.
New York representative Tom Reed
“We must continue to count and certify all the votes of the American people until their full conclusion. … However, out of respect and respect for the moment, I congratulate President-elect Biden,” the New York Rep. Said Tom Reed.
“I respect the president’s right to lead these cases, but I also recognize that if you look at our two-hundred-year history and look at the number of these cases, that Joe Biden rightly won the title of projected newly elected president and should be recognized.” he said.
Republic of Texas Will Hurd
“America speaks and we must respect the decision. It unites us more than it divides us; we can find common ground, “Texas spokesman Will Hurd said on Twitter, saying” I hope the president-elect embodies this. “
Utah representative John Curtis
“Until a court ruling finds wrongdoing, Joe Biden must be recognized as the newly elected president,” said Utah spokesman John Curtis.
Representative of Virginia Denver Riggleman
“Christine and I extend our congratulations and best wishes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Virginia Denver Riggleman said on Twitter.
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