Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) courted controversy this week when he congratulated Joe Biden from the Senate floor on his win in the Electoral College, formally acknowledging the Democrat as the president-elect.
But much to Biden’s dismay, it seems not everyone in the GOP is as eager to do so. In recent remarks to reporters, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) wouldn’t say definitively whether he accepts Joe Biden as the winner of the White House race.
“It’s not for me to do,” DeSantis said, according to Politico. “But here’s what I would say: Obviously we did our thing in Florida. The [Electoral] College voted. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”
Florida Gov. DeSantis declines to acknowledge Biden as the president-elect: “It’s not for me to do…”
“…We were four years with people not accepting [Trump]. I mean, Hillary, the last week of the election, was saying Putin stole it.” pic.twitter.com/x8B0IipWOu
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DeSantis went on to sympathize with supporters of President Donald Trump, who he suggested are frustrated at Democrats for jumping to accept Biden’s win when they didn’t extend Trump the same courtesy.
“I can tell you, I think a lot of the frustration for folks that supported the president was, you know, we were four years with people not accepting him,” the governor said.
“I mean Hillary [Clinton] the last week of the election was saying [Russian President Vladimir] Putin stole it,” he added, according to Politico. “And I just think that’s left a lot of people really frustrated with how it’s going to go.”
DeSantis’ comments were in reference to the former secretary of State repeatedly claiming that election interference on the part of Russia cost her the presidency in 2016. During an interview with CBS News personality Jane Pauley in September of last year, Clinton insisted that Trump “knows he’s an illegitimate president,” as The Washington Post reported.
Those remarks came just months after a May 2019 appearance that saw Clinton declare, “You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”
“We’re going to push ahead”
While Trump continues to wage his own fight against what he claims was a stolen election, DeSantis, for his part, says the Sunshine State will be forging ahead regardless of who ends up in the White House.
“We’re going to do the job for Florida. We’re going to push ahead,” he told reporters, according to Politico.
“We’ll work with whoever we need to be able to do right by the state of Florida,” DeSantis promised.