Today, in the midst of several ongoing lawsuits in multiple swing states, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) formally congratulated “president-elect,” Joe Biden, and “vice president-elect” Kamala Harris, essentially signaling his, and the Senate’s, surrender in the continued legal efforts to ensure that the legal voting process was upheld in the 2020 election.
National File’s Tom Pappert reported in part:
Glaringly, McConnell did not mention any of the ongoing election contests or lawsuits, or the several states that sent an alternate slate of Trump presidential electors to the Electoral College.
BREAKING: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledges Joe Biden, Kamala Harris as president-elect and vice-president elect, weeks after the election.— ABC News (@ABC) December 15, 2020
“The Electoral College has spoken. So today I want to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden.” https://t.co/NpXFYQCnV9 pic.twitter.com/3WWGDWbJUj
McConnell said, “Six weeks ago, Americans voted in this year’s general election. The legal and constitutional processes have continued to play out since then… As of this morning, our country officially has a President-Elect and a Vice-President Elect.”
This announcement on the Senate floor comes after another weekend of continued “Stop the Steal” rallies across the country, most notably in Washington D.C. where, for the second time in a month, several America First pundits such as Nick Fuentes, Jacob Lloyd, Jaden McNeil, and many others led large protests to signify their discontent with the GOP in not supporting President Donald Trump’s efforts to ensure that this was, in fact, a free and fair election.
McConnell said, “I look forward to finishing the next 36 days strong with President Trump. Our nation needs to add another bipartisan chapter to this record of achievement,” which seems unlikely as frustration among the GOP’s voting base rises with several chants such as “Destroy the GOP!” were heard over the weekend at a large speech given by Fuentes.
It is clear to any outside observer that, at once, the GOP wants nothing more than to continue with “business as usual” with McConnell also very tellingly saying, “The president-elect is no stranger to Senate, he’s dedicated himself to public service for many years,” but has the ever-present issue at hand of 74 million Trump voters who want nothing more than for the GOP to fight for President Trump’s re-election at all costs.
While not surprising that the GOP does not look likely to fight this battle until the end, it remains to be seen what the impact will be on the future of the GOP.
All initial signs point toward an electorate that is completely dissatisfied with the leaders and politicians who they have dutifully voted for election cycle after election cycle.
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