President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday and urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “get tougher” on election fight, after the top Republican earlier this week recognized President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
In a series of Twitter attacks Friday morning, President Trump targeted Mitch McConnell and other fellow Republicans, such as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
“.@senatemajldr and Republican Senators have to get tougher, or you won’t have a Republican Party anymore. We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let them take it away!” Trump charged on Twitter.
Mitch McConnell was among the first major Republicans to recognize Biden’s victory in a Tuesday speech on the floor of the Senate, the morning after the Electoral College formalized Biden’s victory over the president in last month’s election.
The Senate Majority Leader also asked his Republican colleagues not to try and contest the election results on Jan. 6, when a joint session of Congress formally accepts the Electoral College count. While a group of Trump supporters in the House plan to call for a debate, McConnell’s move could effectively end any hopes of a last-minute reprieve for the president. A majority of both houses of Congress would be needed to change the outcome of the election.
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The powerful Senate majority leader made his move after weeks of ignoring pleas from Senate Democrats to recognize Biden’s victory. And only after spending most of his speech praising the current president and his administration’s accomplishments did McConnell turn the corner and say “the Electoral College has spoken.”
“So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years.”
The president has refused to concede to Biden and continues to claim without offering substantial proof that there was massive voter fraud in many of the key battleground states where Biden edged Trump, giving the former vice president a large 306-232 Electoral College victory over the GOP incumbent. Biden also topped the president by more than 7 million votes in the national popular count.
Roughly four dozen lawsuits by the Trump campaign and allies to upend the election results over the past six weeks have been shot down.