Wednesday, President Trump shared a article from DailyMail titled “Trump allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden.”
Trump then offered a specific message to the Senate Majority Leader – “Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!”
Trump's allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden https://t.co/ak9nu6420L via @MailOnline. Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2020
Tuesday, Mitch McConnell congratulated Joe Biden as “President-elect” for the first time.
“Yesterday electors met in all 50 states, so, as of this morning, our country has officially a President-elect and a Vice President-elect…” McConnell said.
“The Electoral College has spoken. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” he continued.
.@SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell: "Yesterday electors met in all 50 states, so, as of this morning, our country has officially a President-elect and a Vice President-elect…
The Electoral College has spoken.
So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden." pic.twitter.com/EovreqWLhW
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 15, 2020
McConnell as well as Senators John Thune and Roy Blunt have reportedly also urged their party to accept Joe Biden as the Presidential election winner.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican who was on a conference call with fellow Republicans said “there was encouragement on the phone for us to accept the result, as much as it’s not what we would have envisioned for the next four years, and to try to do what’s best for the American people, which is to look forward.”
In regards to objecting to the electoral college vote results, per Alayna Treene, a source on the call said McConnell told the conference: “I hope there’s zero sentiment for it.”
Thune said: “It would be great if there were no members that took up that issue”
Jake Sherman wrote:
On a Senate R call just now, @senatemajldr, @RoyBlunt & @SenJohnThune all pleaded with Senate Rs to NOT object to the election results Jan. 6.
MCCONNEL: it’s a “terrible vote” for the GOP. They’d have to vote it down, which makes it seem like they are anti Trump, he said