GOP Senator Hopes Trump 'Puts the Country First' After the Electoral College Votes

With just one day until electors on the Electoral College cast their votes for the presidential election, one Republican senator says it is time for President Donald Trump to wind down his legal challenges seeking to overturn the election results.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was asked during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” if there are any doubts about who won the presidential election. 

“Well, shouldn’t be after Monday,” he responded. “The states have counted, certified their votes. The courts have resolved the disputes. It looks very much like the electors will vote for Joe Biden.”

The Electoral College is set to vote on December 14.

He continued, “And when they do, I hope that he puts the country first — I mean the president. That he takes pride in his considerable accomplishments. That he congratulates the president-elect and helps him get off to a good start.”

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Alexander argued that “we need to not lose one day in the transition in getting the vaccine out to everybody who needs it.”

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Host Chuck Todd noted that states have certified their elections. Still, he added that Trump has been calling for the election results to be overturned on Twitter.

He asked, “Is it about time for this to stop?”

“Well, Monday it should stop. I mean, remember, it’s not unprecedented to contest an election. Al Gore took 37 days, I believe, to contest before he finally conceded,” Alexander responded.

He added, “And then he made the best speech of his life respecting the result. Which is what I hope the president will do when the electors vote for Joe Biden on Monday, which it’s apparent they will.”

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit by Texas that targets the votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – four battleground states that Trump lost — in a bid to overturn the results in those states.

Alexander previously expressed skepticism in that lawsuit, as he said, “That doesn’t sound like a very Republican argument to me. I mean our position, my position, Republicans believe that states are in charge of elections and Texas is a big state, but I don’t know exactly why it has a right to tell four other states how to run their election.”

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“I’m having a hard time figuring out the basis for that lawsuit,” he added.

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