Most Republicans were reluctant to contradict Trump’s claims that he could still hold the White House, but there have been repeated GOP lawmakers who turned away from Trump’s false claims that he was robbed by scammers. After Trump tweeted on Monday, “I won the election,” Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) Told reporters: “I wouldn’t have advised him to put it that way.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Trump can and should continue his legal challenges but has “every confidence that we will inaugurate a president on January 20th.” And it will likely be Joe Biden. “
“It is becoming increasingly unlikely that any remedy would be to overturn the election,” said Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Who nonetheless supports Trump’s goals of exposing even small cases of ballot misconduct. “Vice President Biden should get briefings and the transition should be in the works so there is an infrastructure for that. And if he wins in the end, as is likely, he doesn’t have to be caught up in a January day.”
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, referred to Biden as the president-elect without solicitation and said, “These seem to be the results, the preliminary results, and we must certainly expect the highest probability this time. “
“We must now assume, based on the current election number, that we are nearing the point where the facts on the ground will confirm this,” said Senator Mike Rounds (RS.D.) when asked about Trump’s lawsuits in court. “Right now it looks like President Biden. We understand that. “
However, acknowledging the fact that Biden will soon be president risks angering Trump and his legion of supporters – including those who will have to bring the GOP out in two Georgia runoffs to determine Senate control. Most Republican leaders still won’t do anything to get Trump to accept the inevitable.
Rubio is among a small minority of Republicans who believe the General Services Administration should officially certify Biden as a winner in order to gain access to presidential intelligence and additional funding for his transition team. Rubio said it was “for the good of our country”.
The subject could become a new litmus test in the Republican Party. When candidates for the GOP leadership of the House made speeches to their counterparts in the Capitol on Monday night, they were asked only one question posed by die-hard MP Louie Gohmert (R-Texas): Should Trump allow the election?
Republican leaders all replied that they supported Trump’s decision to let the legal process run, according to GOP sources in the room.
Other Republicans have gone to greater extremes. Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) confirmed that he had spoken with Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger about the process of verifying the state’s signature but declined to ask if he could legally cast votes, as reported by the Washington Post reported, calling it a “very pleasant” conversation.
When asked if Biden is the President-Elect, Graham said, “No, not until the courts have passed judgment on the President’s allegations.” He then went on a rant against the media.
“You’re all with us all over the place because you want the guy to lose. If the shoe was on the other foot you’d be asking questions about widespread fraud,” said Graham.
Retired MP Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) Said it was “inevitable” for the rest of the GOP to recognize Biden’s victory, particularly after states count their votes and do recounts.
“You hear murmurs and confidential comments and the like – at some point there will be more people who are separating,” he said.
Senate Chairman for External Relations Jim Risch (R-Idaho) accepted the impending transition to a Biden administration in an interview with Spokesman Review newspaper and Trump’s own national security advisor Robert O’Brien, said Biden’s victory seems likely.
Even so, there is a risk of doing what could be viewed as a break with Trump. The president attacked Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) on Monday after claiming Biden won the election.
Republicans have been terrified of such Trump attacks for the past four years – and there are no signs that the dynamic will change. Trump will still be a powerful force in the party if he leaves the White House, be it by submitting another presidential motion in 2024, starting his own media company, or intervening in the GOP primaries in 2022.
Immediately, the GOP needs Trump and his support base to win the Georgia races on January 5th. Trump tweeted about the competitions for the first time this weekend, and Senate Republicans are throwing the twin drains as a “firewall” against the Biden presidency, which they refuse to accept.