Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [photo: The times of Israel]
Dec, 16th 2020 – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a top member of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the presidential election last month.
This comes at a time when President Trump still refuses to concede, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud. Senator McConnell spoke after the electoral college formally confirmed Mr. Biden’s victory over Mr. Trump.
Mr. McConnell, speaking on the senate floor said that he had hoped for a different result from the November election but the electoral college has already spoken.
He said, “Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The Electoral College has spoken. So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”
He however congratulated the president elect by saying, “So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.” He also extended his congratulatory message to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris. He said, “All Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”
Biden speaking to reporters said that he had called McConnell to thank him for the remarks and according to him the two had a good conversation. Departing from the campaign in Georgia, he added that he told McConnel that there are things they are supposed to work on together.
Biden said, “I called to thank him for the congratulations, told him although we disagree on a lot of things, there’s things we can work together on.”
Ms Harris, in an interview with ABC News, said that she welcomed Mr. McConnell’s comments saying, “It would have been better if it were earlier but it happened, and that’s what’s most important. Let’s move forward. And where we can find common purpose and common ground, let’s do that.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on the other hand urged Trump to “end his term with a modicum of grace and dignity.”
He said, “For the sake of our democracy, for the sake of peaceful transition of power, he should stop the shenanigans, stop the misrepresentations and acknowledge that Joe Biden will be our next president.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the president was still involved in the ongoing litigation related to the election.