The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate Mitch McConnell ruled Monday that Donald Trump was “100% entitled” to challenge the results of the presidential election, but did not take up the accusations of “fraud” brandished by the Past President.
“President Trump is 100% entitled to examine allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” he said in the chamber, during his first speech since the announcement on Saturday of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.
“A handful of legal remedies”
Referring to “fraud” without providing evidence, Donald Trump refuses to concede his defeat and has announced that he wants to request recounts and file complaints in states where the results are very tight.
In a very cautious speech, Mitch McConnell, one of Washington’s most powerful men, was careful not to endorse the Republican billionaire’s accusations and even seemed to downplay the significance of the White House’s actions.
“A handful of legal actions from the president does not really sign the end of the Republic,” he said. They “do not represent any kind of crisis,” he insisted. Showing his confidence in institutions, he assured that the United States will wake up with a new president on January 21, without advancing on his name.
With a few exceptions, including former President George W. Bush and three moderate senators, Republicans have yet to openly acknowledge the defeat of Donald Trump. His close circle echoed his accusations, but the vast majority of his camp retreated in cautious silence.