President Donald Trump is urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to give up hope yet, saying it’s “too soon” to congratulate Joe Biden on being the president-elect.
Trump tweeted a link to a story titled “Trump’s allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden” along with his own message to McConnell, saying, “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!”
McConnell’s comments marked the first time he has referred to Biden as president-elect due to Trump’s ongoing legal challenges.
In a speech from the Senate floor on Tuesday, McConnell said, “Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken. So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”
McConnell also reportedly urged colleagues to stop disputing the presidential results and not go down the path of objecting to states’ Electoral College votes when Congress reconvenes on Jan. 6.
Just before his tweet directed at McConnell, President Trump sent a tweet that read “Poll: 92% of Republican Voters think the election was rigged!” The poll wasn’t attributed to a source, but clearly Trump doesn’t want McConnell to fall into that 8% category.