Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell (KY) is standing firmly behind President Donald Trump in his campaign’s legal challenges to the outcome of the 2020 election in which Democrat candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has been named the victor by virtually all major news media outlets.
CBN reports the Minority Leader opened the Senate on Monday by stating that the incumbent candidate was “100% within is rights” to questio the declared results of the election.
“Our institutions are actually built for this,” McConnell, who was the victor in his own re-election bid on November 3rd, said in his comments. “We have the system in place to consider concerns and President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”
He also stated Monday that the Republicans do not want the “media” to decide the election, something with which millions of Americans would likely agree.
On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) questioned the results of the presidental race.
“The president wasn’t defeated by huge numbers. In fact, he may not have been defeated at all,” Blunt said.
He also noted that the election was inconsistent with “virtually every predictor” of its potential outcome.
When asked if he’d congratulated Joe Biden yet as he passed a media pool he replied bluntly (no pun intended), “No. Nothing to congratulate him about.”
Reporter: "Senator, have you congratulated Vice President Biden yet?"
Sen. Ron Johnson: "No."
Reporter: "Why not?"
Johnson: "Nothing to congratulate him about." pic.twitter.com/Is7APE2frx
— The Hill (@thehill) November 10, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), whose own victorious re-election campaign defeated a candidate on whom had been showered the most funding raised in the history of the Senate, has been firmly vocalizing support for POTUS, whom he has advised “not to concede.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, meanwhile, pointed to the 2000 election debacle in which it took until over a month to confirm that Republican George Bush had indeed beat out Democrat Al Gore.
“In the end, we want all legal ballots to be counted,” Scalise said. “You go back to Bush v. Gore, it was the second week of December that it got resolved … so there’s still questions out there that need to get resolved and that process is playing itself out.”
While Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of the Senate’s most reliable GOP moderates (some pronounce that “RINO”) joined her GOP Senate colleagues Mitt Romney (UT), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mike Rounds (SD), Marco Rubio (FL), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Toomey (PA) in congratulating Biden, she also affirmed President Trump must be given the opportunity to challenge the results.
My statement on the 2020 Presidential election results: pic.twitter.com/8NY1WpaJpC
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 9, 2020
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