After the electoral college officially formalized President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Monday, more Republican lawmakers are telling Donald Trump that it is time to move on.
Even South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the most shameless Trump sell-offs in the past four years, seemed to acknowledge that Biden was on his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and said he would work with the president-elect wherever possible.
“It’s a very, very narrow road for the President,” said Lindsey Graham. He told me that he had spoken to Biden for about 10 minutes “a while ago” and had a “very pleasant” conversation with him saying he would work him wherever he could.
– Manu Raju (mkraju), December 14, 2020
In a statement, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander told Trump that it was time to move on and accept the clear result of the 2020 election.
“The presidential election is over,” said the Republican from Tennessee. “I hope that President Trump will put the country first, be proud of its remarkable achievements and give President-elect Biden a good start.”
My statement on the presidential election. pic.twitter.com/V14WOqqwIg
– Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) December 15, 2020
Rob Portman, GOP Senator from Ohio, also issued a statement Monday recognizing the reality that Biden will be the next president.
“The orderly transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy, and while I supported President Trump, today’s vote in the electoral college makes it clear that Joe Biden is now the president-elect,” said Senator Portman.
These statements follow an earlier admission by John Thune, GOP Senator from South Dakota, that Biden won the election.
“It is time for everyone to move on,” said Sen. Thune.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow covered a handful of other GOP senators, including Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, and others who are finally admitting what much of the country has known for weeks.
Rachel Maddow shares stories of some Republicans reluctant to admit that the election is over and that Joe Biden will be the next president. #maddow pic.twitter.com/m4jQDcERZG
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) December 15, 2020
Sorry GOP, but you don’t get credit for accepting reality now
Republicans hope that making weak statements recognizing Joe Biden’s victory will completely obliterate the way they humored Donald Trump’s attempted coup last month – but it will not.
For weeks they watched Trump attempt to overthrow the will of the American people by casting millions of legitimate votes cast in battlefield states – and these GOP officials either remained silent or supported Trump’s efforts.
It’s great that a growing number of Republican lawmakers are finally ready to accept the reality of Joe Biden going to the White House next month, but their refusal to resist Donald Trump’s attack on democracy should be above theirs for the rest of their time Political careers get stuck.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.