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222 Republican Congressmen Won’t Say Biden President-Elect
By Sandy Fitzgerald | 05 December 2020 11:43 AM
An overwhelming majority of congressional Republicans won’t acknowledge Joe Biden as the President-Elect, according to a Washington Post survey.
The survey was taken the morning after President Donald Trump posted a 46-minute video claiming he’d won the election and alleged “corrupt forces” were trying to steal his victory. Just 25 out of 222 Republicans acknowledged Biden’s win.
Ninety percent of Senate and House GOP members have yet to say who the winner is. The Post survey asked lawmakers three questions: Who won the presidential contest, do you support or oppose Trump’s continuing efforts to claim victory, and if they will accept Biden as the legitimately elected president if he wins the electoral college majority.
Only 8 Republicans said they support Trump’s claim of victory.
The survey also found that 11 of 52 Senate Republicans acknowledge Biden’s win. Out of 14 House Republicans who recognized Biden as the winner, six will be retiring from politics later this month and two others represent districts that Biden won.
GOP Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who worked with Biden on the “Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot” proposal, called Biden the president-elect and promised to work with the new administration shortly after the election was called by most news outlets on Nov. 7.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., did not acknowledge the win until Nov. 21, after a federal judge rebuked the president’s legal team’s challenges in Pennsylvania. After that, he congratulated Biden and declared that he’d won.
Meanwhile, GOP Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama are the only members of their party to publicly insist Trump won the race.
The non-response to the survey contrasts with Democrats in 2016, when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on the day after the election was called for Trump, took a call from him and shortly after issued a statement congratulating him as the president-elect, notes The Post.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday said that the “future will take care of itself” and would not comment on the president’s claims of voter fraud.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Thursday said “let’s wait” to see who is sworn in before answering questions about executive orders Biden could issue in his first days in the Oval Office.
The Post said the non-reactions mirror how there have been just a few critics of Trump over the past four years, and said the silence leaves them standing alone while other federal, state, and local party members are rejecting the president’s claims.
The poll comes as Trump’s campaign has suffered losses in its quest to overturn results in several key states.
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