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President Trump may be unwilling to concede the election to President-elect Biden, but others in the Republican party are willing to. On Monday, December 14, the Electoral College awarded 306 votes to Biden and just 232 to Trump, making Biden the next President of the United States.
To many, the Electoral College vote was considered the threshold for making the transition official. However, outgoing President Trump continues filing lawsuits in hopes of overturning the election. But one of the leaders of the Republican party finally conceded that Biden won the 2020 election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Congratulates Biden, Harris
With the Electoral College vote done, journalists are confronting Republicans point-blank about who won. McConnell, a Republican Senator from Kentucky, has been one of Trump’s biggest supporters. However, after Monday’s vote, he had no choice but to admit Trump’s defeat.
On Tuesday, December 15, McConnell conceded that Biden is the President-elect. In fact, he even went so far as to congratulate Biden and Harris.. He said, “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.”
Politico reports that the concession came only after the Senate Chaplain congratulated Biden. But still, it’s a huge departure from Republicans backing Trump’s bid to overturn the election.
However, not all members of the Republican Party are willing to concede.
North Dakota Senator Sidesteps Calling Biden ‘President-Elect’
North Dakota is a Republican stronghold. In fact, in the 2020 election, Trump easily won the state with 65% of votes. Additionally, both of the Senators from North Dakota are Republicans. While McConnell may be willing to admit Trump’s defeat, Senator Kevin Cramer isn’t quite as willing.
A reporter from HuffPost asked him after the Electoral College vote and Cramer’s response was… something. He outright refused to call Biden the President-elect. In fact, he said he wasn’t really sure what politicians are supposed to call other politicians. Reporter Igor Bobic shared Cramer’s statement on Twitter.
GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer, a top Trump ally, when asked by Hill pool if Biden is president-elect: pic.twitter.com/d7eH8BWfoG— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) December 14, 2020
McConnell Vows to Stay in D.C. Until Relief Package Passes
With the Electoral College vote done, McConnell and the rest of Congress are focusing on a COVID relief package. Both the House and the Senate have tried unsuccessfully to pass their respective bills. As readers likely know, both parts of Congress have to agree unanimously in order to get bills passed.
Both sides have spent the last six months fighting over the details of proposed bills. They did agree to a first round of stimulus checks back in April, with the promise of a second check at a later date. But as of yet, that second check hasn’t arrived. In fact, one of the new proposed bills doesn’t include a stimulus check at all.
But good news – McConnell – who has a lot of pull in the Republican-majority Senate – vowed to stay in D.C. and fight until a new COVID-relief bill is passed. See his press conference below.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers won't leave Washington this year until they have agreed on a new package of coronavirus relief https://t.co/FLBDYhVHiR pic.twitter.com/1Cko1o0uf3— Reuters (@Reuters) December 15, 2020
Do you think it’s high time for Republicans to admit defeat, or are you holding out hope that Trump will stay in the White House somehow? Let us know in the comments down below.