Dem Senator: I Am 'Extraordinarily Discouraged' Republicans Will Not Call Out 'Inappropriate Behavior'


Senate Democrats are continuing to slam their Republican colleagues for refusing to rebuff President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

During an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead” on Wednesday, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said, “We’re now 15 days after the election, and I am extraordinarily discouraged by how few of my Republican colleagues are willing to call out this totally inappropriate behavior.”

“This is not about Democrats and Republicans. This is about the security of our people in terms of the coronavirus. And it’s about the security of our country,” he continued.

Finally, Warner suggested that Russian operatives did not try to influence the election because “the greatest source of misinformation, disinformation about our elections didn’t have to originate in Moscow, its originates in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

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Since the election, only four Republican senators have offered public statements to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on winning the election. Meanwhile, the majority of the Republican caucus has been reluctant to publicly contradict Trump’s claims.

Last week, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said, “Who has refused so far to congratulate the next President of the United States Joe Biden? Vladimir Putin, President Xi, the leader of North Korea. What President Trump is doing and what our Republican colleagues are doing by their silence is aiding and abetting these authoritarian leaders.”

“These guys are smiling. You’re an authoritarian leader you want nothing more than to see democracy fail, to see that model fail,” he added. 

Former President Barack Obama said their actions have been “disappointing.”

“But, it’s been sort of par for the course during these four years,” he added. 

Obama also claimed it is “one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally.”

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