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With the Electoral College voting now complete, a new wave of Republicans in the Senate is acknowledging what was apparent weeks ago: Joe Biden is the president-elect.
In the days following the November 3 election, only a handful of Republican senators – most of them moderates – recognized Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ victory. Since then, many Republicans in the room have turned to President Trump’s legal appeals instead.
That started to change on Monday. In some cases, like that of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, they admit it somewhat reluctantly.
“It doesn’t matter what Chuck Grassley thinks,” Grassley said moments after the California election confirmed Biden’s victory. “The Constitution answered that question.” “That’s all I can say about him.”
Nevertheless, a new wave of members headed towards the plans for Biden’s next presidency.
Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia told a Capitol Hill reporter, “It definitely looks this way, and I think it’s time to turn the page and start a new administration.”
Others in that camp include the Senate Majority, Webb John Thon of South Dakota, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Cornyn of Texas, Tom Tillis of North Carolina, and Kevin Kramer of North Dakota.
“At some point you have to face the music. And I think once the Electoral College has settled the issue today, it is time for everyone to move forward,” Thon told reporters.
Tillis said Biden is the president-elect, pending the remaining legal cases.
“He’s a presumptive boss,” Tillis said. “But I do not want to rule out valid legal disputes that will be settled within the next two weeks.”
When asked, Kramer stopped using the phrase “president-elect” to describe Biden, but acknowledged that it appeared to be the case.
“I think if this is what you officially call someone after the Electoral College, then I’m fine with that,” Kramer said.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio was among those who issued clear statements confirming the victory.
“Although I supported President Trump, the Electoral College vote today demonstrates that Joe Biden is now the president-elect,” he said.
Retired Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander took the recognition a step forward, urging Trump to end his allegations.
“The presidential election has ended. Countries ratified the votes. Courts resolved disputes. Voters voted. I hope President Trump will put the country first, take pride in his tremendous accomplishments, and help President-elect Biden get off,” Alexander said, “A good start.” Especially during this pandemic, An orderly transfer of power is crucial. “
However, many of their colleagues remain dismissive. Some declined to comment, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who did not respond to frequent questions from reporters on Monday.
“I’ll call Joe until he is sworn in,” said Lindsay Graham, the South Carolina senator when asked, before he notices some legal challenges.
Senators Jim Inhove of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming were among those not prepared on Monday to recognize the president-elect.
“Not yet,” said Inhove.
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