Republican Mike DeWine was elected governor of Ohio with support from President Donald Trump, but it looks like he has little interest in returning the favor.
As Trump goes to court to challenge the result of the 2020 race, Gov. DeWine agreed with the president’s foes that Democratic nominee Joe Biden is the legitimate winner of the election, according to Breitbart.
“The merits of the case”
News outlets have been pressuring Trump to concede defeat after they declared Biden the winner on Saturday, but Trump has refused, saying he believes he will win once fraud — which he has alleged occurred in multiple states — is taken into account.
However, not everyone in the GOP is on the same page.
“I think that we need to consider the former vice president as the president-elect. Joe Biden is the president-elect,” DeWine told CNN’s New Day on Thursday, according to Breitbart.
DeWine encouraged Trump to keep pressing ahead with his lawsuits, but said that he isn’t “worried” about whether or not the election was legitimate, distancing himself from millions of Republican voters who voted for the president. Trump won Ohio by eight points.
“Look, I’m worried about this virus, I’m not looking at what the merits of the case are. It would appear that Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States,” DeWine said, as Breitbart reported.
Trump strikes confident tone
Trump endorsed DeWine in 2018, as Cleveland.com reported at the time. “Congratulations to Mike Dewine on his big win in the Great State of Ohio,” Trump tweeted after that year’s election. “He will be a great Governor with a heavy focus on HealthCare and Jobs. His Socialist opponent in November should not do well, a big failure in last job!”
This election, Trump has filed lawsuits in a number of states, and the campaign has produced sworn affidavits from witnesses saying they observed fraud. Nevertheless, Democrats insist that no fraud occurred.
DeWine is one among a group of Republicans who have sided with Dems and endorsed Biden as the president-elect; others include Sens. Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME), and Ben Sasse (NE), along with anti-Trump Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
The Trump campaign has said that Biden is rushing to claim victory before his illegitimate claim can be “exposed.”
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over,” the president said in a statement provided by his campaign, according to Breitbart.