In the eyes of Bob Dole, the 2020 presidential election “is over,” and it’s time for President Donald Trump to accept defeat.
According to The Kansas City Star, Dole, the former Kansas senator and World War II veteran who lost a bid for the White House to then-President Bill Clinton in 1996, said in an interview last week that while it may be a “bitter pill” for him to swallow, Trump will have to concede eventually.
Dole’s comments came after the Electoral College voted 306–232 last Monday to grant Democrat Joe Biden a win in the 2020 presidential contest, as CNBC reported. But while Dole and other Republicans, including current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have since acknowledged a victory for Biden, Trump and his allies have stood strong in defiance.
He didn’t win the Election. He lost all 6 Swing States, by a lot. They then dumped hundreds of thousands of votes in each one, and got caught. Now Republican politicians have to fight so that their great victory is not stolen. Don’t be weak fools! https://t.co/d9Bgu8XPIj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2020
“A pretty bitter pill”
Speaking with the Star, Dole said it doesn’t matter whether Trump formally accepts the results of the election, however.
“The election is over and Biden will be president on Jan. 20,” he told the paper. “I know the president has not conceded and he may never concede, but he will not be in the White House on Jan. 21.”
Dole, who served as Senate majority leader for three years, went on: “It’s a pretty bitter pill for Trump, but it’s a fact he lost. It’ll take him a while to accept that.”
“Fight for it”
As the Star noted, Dole’s comments came as a surprise to some, considering that he was “the only former Republican nominee to attend the 2016 convention when Trump was nominated,” according to the paper.
Nowadays, however, Dole seems content to heap praise on the apparent president-elect.
“[Biden is] a friend of mine and he was a good chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the Senate,” he told the Star. “He did a good job. Proud to be a liberal — hopefully not too liberal — but he knows how the government works and the Congress works and all this will be a benefit to Joe.”
Congress is set to vote to meet Jan. 6 to confirm the Electoral College’s vote for Biden, according to the Associated Press. A handful of Republicans have come forward to say they may object when the time comes, but McConnell, for his part, has urged against such an effort, earning him the ire of President Trump.
“[McConnell] and Republican Senators have to get tougher, or you won’t have a Republican Party anymore,” Trump tweeted early Friday. “We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let them take it away!”