“The people are very angry!” U.S. President Trump tweeted on the 16th, expressing dissatisfaction with Senate Republican Leader McConnell’s admission to Biden’s victory, criticizing the latter for giving up too quickly.
McConnell also warned Republicans not to try to overturn the results of the Electoral College vote in January, sources said. However, some Republican conservatives do not intend to listen to the advice of the Republican boss.
Trump continued to question the fraud of the election results on Twitter on the 16th. He said the voting system counted its own 2% to 3 percent of the vote for Biden, which far exceeded the number of votes needed to influence the election results.
The US president said he had achieved good results in many states, but “bad things” happened. He also shouted to McConnell that he had 75 million votes, a record number of votes obtained by the incumbent president, and that “Republicans must eventually learn to fight”.
McConnell finally broke the silence on the 15th and publicly congratulated Biden and Harris on winning the election after the U.S. Electoral College voted to confirm Biden’s victory.
McConnell paid tribute to Biden Wednesday, saying that the latter has been committed to serving the public for many years. He also said that Harris would be the first woman in American history to serve as vice president, who is “proud” to all American citizens.
Several media commented that McConnell’s recognition of Biden’s victory was particularly important in the context of Trump’s refusal to recognize the election results. Biden said on the 15th that he had called McConnell to thank him for his congratulations.
The former vice president of the United States said that although he and McConnell disagree on many things, there is also something to cooperate. The two agreed to meet soon. Senate Democratic Leader Schumer urged Trump to take inspiration from McConnell that “it’s time to end his term gracefully and with dignity”.
According to the Washington Post and other media, McConnell’s statement on Wednesday was the sharpest and most important break with Trump. However, McConnell and Republicans are letting Trump go down with dignity, according to the “Political” News Network of the United States.
McConnell has been refusing to admit Biden’s defeat of Trump for five weeks, and McConnell informed the White House ahead of his congratulations to Biden Wednesday and praised Trump’s achievements before congratulating him.
CNN quoted sources on the 15th as saying that McConnell urged the party’s lawmakers not to try to overturn the election results on January 6. Other senior Republicans, including Senate Republican Whip Thun, expressed the same view.
They believe that this will be futile and may affect the Republican election in the 2022 midterm elections.
However, Republican conservatives such as Alabama Congressman Brooks may ignore McConnell’s warning. Brooks can challenge the results of the Electoral College’s vote when Congress officially counts the electoral votes on January 6 as long as he unites one Republican senator.
Brooks and Republican conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus have recently privately talked about multiple Republican senators. Many Republican senators find their actions annoying and unwilling to agree.
However, Republican conservatives in the House of Representatives said that McConnell’s suggestion was not important and that they could still overthrow the election results. Some U.S. media said that even if Republican senators joined Brooks, the move was doomed to failure, because efforts to overturn the election results could not pass the Democratic-dominated House of Representatives in the first place.
“Political” News Network said that although McConnell has admitted Biden’s victory, he does not intend to force Trump to admit the election results or stop making inflammatory remarks. McConnell’s approach reflects the basic political reality he faces.
Over the next two years, he must work closely with Biden; in the coming weeks, he must also work with Trump to pass the coronavirus relief bill and win the Georgia Senate election.
Democrats have also recently made efforts in Georgia, hoping to regain control of the Senate. The New York Times said on the 15th that Biden urged voters to support the Democratic candidate in Atlanta, Georgia that day.
The January 5 election will have a huge impact on the prospects of Biden’s presidency. If the Republican Party keeps two Senate seats in the state, the president-elect will face greater challenges in passing the cabinet nomination, and he is likely to have to lower his ambitions on topics such as climate change.
While waving flags for the Democratic candidates, Biden continued to form a cabinet and announced two more important candidates on the 15th. According to U.S. media reports, Biden nominated Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and Granholm, a former governor and Democrat of Michigan, as the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
In addition, Biden plans to nominate McCarthy, who used to be the director of the National Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration, for a new position to coordinate domestic climate policy at the White House.
In addition, the Biden team announced the details of the inauguration ceremony on the 15th. Affected by the epidemic, most of the celebrations will be held virtually online. The Inaugural Planning Committee said that the ceremony and subsequent parades would limit attendance.
In addition, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo began to quarantine because of exposure to people infected with the novel coronavirus. His current test for COVID-19 is negative.