Washington – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that Joe Biden was the president-elect for the first time on Tuesday, more than a month after Biden won the presidential election. McConnell waited until the Electoral CollegeTo elect Mr. Biden on Monday, and formally finalize the election results.
“Our country officially has an elected president and an elected vice president,” McConnell said in a speech in the Senate floor. “I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has dedicated himself to public service for many years.”
Majority Leader Kamala Harris also congratulated her on her victory as Vice President-elect.
“Other than our differences, all Americans can be proud that our nation has a vice president elected for the first time,” McConnell said.
Leaving for a campaign in Georgia later Tuesday, Biden revealed that he had “a good conversation with Mitch McConnell today,” saying he had called the majority to thank him for his notes in the Senate.
President Trump refused to waive, even as dozens of lawsuits filed to challenge the outcome failed, and the Supreme Court twice refused to hear cases seeking to overturn election results. The president continues to falsely insist that the elections were rigged, promoting unfounded allegations of voter fraud. More than 100 Republican members of the House of RepresentativesA lawsuit rejected by the Supreme Court that sought to overturn election results in four states.
However,They begin to admit that Mr. Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. John Thun, the second-highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, told reporters on Monday that it was time to “move forward”.
“I understand there are people who have a strong sense of the outcome of this election. But at the end of the day, you have to face the music. And I think once the Electoral College resolves the issue today, it is time for everyone to move forward,” said Thun. Mr. Biden got 306 electoral votes to 232 votes for Trump.
Republican Senator John Cornin, a close ally of McConnell, told reporters on Monday that he believed it would be a “bad mistake” for Republican lawmakers to try to challenge the election result when Congress formally counted the results and ratified them next year.
“I think there will come a time when you have to realize that despite your best efforts you haven’t succeeded, that is kind of the nature of this election. You have to have a winner. You have to have a loser,” Cornin said. .
On Monday, a wave of Republican lawmakers acknowledged Biden’s victory. Senator Mike Brown said in a statement that “the Electoral College voted and chose Joe Biden as the President-elect.” Likewise, Senator Rob Portman said, “Today’s Electoral College vote demonstrates that Joe Biden is now the president-elect.” Senator Shelley Moore Capito told reporters it was time to turn the page and start a new administration.
McConnell said in his speech to the Senate that he looked forward to “ending the next 36 days with President Trump.” Congress must pass a comprehensive spending measure before government funding runs out on Dec.18, and lawmakers are also working onBoth need Mr.Trump’s signature to become law.