Rubio Calls Biden the ‘President-Elect’ as Pressure Mounts for GOP Lawmakers To Acknowledge Election Results

In the two weeks since the general election, only four Republican senators have been willing to say that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Neb.) have been willing to congratulate the former vice president on his electoral victory.

Meanwhile, the majority of Congressional Republicans have been reluctant to declare Biden the winner of the election. Some have begun to admit that Trump may not be president for another four years. However, they suggest it is too early to declare the winner.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) admitted that Biden is the president-elect. On Monday, he was asked about reports that Biden is considering appoint Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to be his director of national intelligence. 

He responded, “Well, that’ll be the president-elect’s decision obviously.”

Trump has continued to claim without evidence that there was widespread fraud in the election that cost him his re-election bid.

While his campaign has filed several legal challenges to the results, experts say it is unlikely that the challenges will change enough votes to alter the outcome of the election.

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As the president and his allies have refused to acknowledge the outcome of the election, they have been facing increasing calls to admit that Biden won.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton urged Republicans to “acknowledge the reality that Biden is the president-elect.”

“They may not like it, but the country deserves to give him the preparation he needs. A gracious president who kept the country’s interest first would acknowledge that,” he added. 

Shortly after news outlets projected Biden as the winner, several Republican governors released statements to congratulate him on his victory. And on Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said, “I think that we need to consider the former vice president as the president-elect. Joe Biden is the president-elect.”

DeWine’s decision to call Biden the president-elect did not go over well with Trump, who appeared to call for him to face a primary challenge in 2022.

In a tweet, Trump asked, “Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio?”

He added, “Will be hotly contested!”

Responses

  1. Interesting that provisional ballots in PA are still being counted and will be until November 20th.
    Congratulations by Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Neb.) What’s the word I’m looking for….oh yes RHINO.

  2. Be careful Rubio fat ass orange head and his son egg head may come and beat you up ! Trump is a LOSER !!!

  3. I suggest all you trump cultists move to another country if you don’t like how the legitimate election came out. This was democracy at its best…a free and fair election. Btw. The electoral college numbers are the same as when trump won against Clinton and according to trump it was a “Landslide”. Put your big boy pants on and accept it.

  4. Ross, if you wanted the truth, you would not voluntarily reside in Trump’s alternative reality. Not even Donald J Trump can claim “rigged election” in court and not be required to submit evidence to support his claim. Heads up: The acronym for Republican In Name Only is RINO, not RHINO.

  5. LOL…Trump can call for a boycott of Goodyear, NFL players, watching the NFL, any newspaper that did not endorse him, Wall Street Journal editorial board, Apple products, HBO, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Mexico, et al… He criticize any R politician that does not fall in line with his alternative reality. –Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Mark Sanford, Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, John Kasich, Govs. DeWine, Hogan, and Baker.

    Soooo HOW does Trump’s behavior square with R’s claim of aversion to cancel culture??

  6. Rubio – WTF? Is your Rhino ass still hurting from the spanking you got from Trump? Grow a pair and join the resistance. We need the truth about this election.

  7. “We will not forget Rubio’s perfidy when he comes up for re-election in 2022:” Harry

    Good, but not for any reason that YOU can cite.

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