November 10, 2020

McConnell to Dems and Media: No Lectures on Immediately Accepting Election Results 

  • Horse Race, The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that President Trump has a right to combat voter fraud and explore legal options. He stated that he would not accept “lectures” from Democrats on Trump accepting preliminary results when not all states had completed counting ballots, when the same group of people refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency for the last four years.

The Background:

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared on the Senate floor that Democrats have no grounds on which to claim that President Trump should concede the election without question. He stated that not only was the election not officially called, nor every vote counted, but that Democrats refused to accept Trump as their president for the entirety of his term. Furthermore, McConnell stated that President Trump is within his rights to investigate fraud and look at his legal options. McConnell reminded Congress that the media plays no constitutional part in the election process, and that Trump has the legal right to ensure a fair election. 

McConnell told the press, in reference to his speech, that it should not be concerning that Republican leadership has yet to congratulate Biden, and reminded the media that the electoral votes determine the winner. “Until the Electoral College votes, anyone who is running for office can exhaust concerns in counting in any court of appropriate jurisdiction,” he stated. “At some point here we’ll find out, finally, who was certified in each of these states and the Electoral College will determine the winner.”


Notable Quotes:

“...Let’s have no lectures about how the President should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election. ...

“President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options. And notably, the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations. The projections and commentary of the press do not get veto power over the legal rights of any citizen, including the president of the United States.” - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell


Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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