After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled on Monday that he was ready to accept the Electoral College’s vote as a Joe Biden win, congratulating Biden and calling him “president-elect,” President Donald Trump told McConnell in a tweet that it was “too soon to give up” on the election.
Trump’s allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden https://t.co/ak9nu6420L via @MailOnline. Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2020
At the end of a long speech praising Trump and trumpeting his accomplishments Monday, McConnell did acknowledge Biden’s Electoral College victory.
“The Electoral College has spoken,” he said. “So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years.”
MAGA supporters unhappy with McConnell
Trump’s tweet featured an article in which his supporters blasted McConnell for his comments about Biden.
Marjorie Taylor Greene said Republicans who weren’t supporting a Trump victory were “supporting the Chinese Communist Party takeover of America.”
Lin Wood, a lawyer who has been fighting the election results in court, called McConnell “a traitor to American Patriots.”
And conservative commentator Sebastian Gorka said that McConnell caved to “the mob.”
GOP Senators ready to “turn the page”
Other Senate Republicans also seem ready to stop fighting the election results and “turn the page” on the election, even as Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (R) said he would challenge the results and is seeking a Senator to join him.
But not all Senate Republicans are united on the subject. Georgia Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler have refused to acknowledge Biden, and could join with Brooks even as both face a January 5 runoff election that will decide the Senate majority.
Even those senators who think Trump should concede, however, aren’t ready to tell him so publicly. McConnell said he didn’t have advice for Trump, and Sen Jon Cornyn (R-TX) said, “I think he will do the right thing,” without saying what that is.
Trump still has several legal challenges pending, and a congressional challenge to voting results in key states could also be an avenue for Trump to move forward on his efforts to show that he actually won the election.