Sen. Blunt deflects on calling Biden 'president-elect'

“Well, the president-elect will be the president-elect if the voters vote for him. There is no official role for the president-elect, ”said the Republican from Missouri.

Blunt called Donald Trump an “elected president” rolled into one Explanation published the day after the 2016 election when he congratulated Trump on beating Hillary Clinton.

A small but growing number of Republican senators, including Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, have publicly admitted over the past few weeks that Trump lost, despite Trump’s campaign campaigning the litigation that has challenged state election results Has further exacerbated and lost allegations of widespread electoral fraud. Many other Republican leaders have failed to acknowledge Biden’s victory and have voiced criticism from those who say they empower the president as he undermines confidence in American institutions.

Blunt, who previously oversaw the elections when he was Secretary of State for Missouri, declined to say whether he saw evidence of fraud in the November election, but said Trump’s legal team had failed to produce evidence “that is relevant to any court.” were acceptable “.

“I think the system was honestly safer than ever. And the president deserves some credit for that, ”said Blunt.

Blunt said that while he had no discussions with Trump about Biden’s inauguration ceremony in January, he hoped the president would attend.

“I have certainly encouraged his staff to look at the transition now, examine the opportunity in Georgia to help us win those Senate seats, and see what the president can do if the president gets the white Leaves house as he promises to do if he loses the electoral college to help us get the house back in 2022, “said Blunt. “I think President Trump plays a big role. And I hope he takes that and looks at how you move on to what’s next for him, provided this election goes as it appears. “

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