Of the 249 Republicans in the US House and Senate, only 29 calling for Trump to concede. Here’s the list of 29 these Republicans.
“It is unhealthy for the well-being of our country, and our relations around the world if we spend time debating the outcome of the election once the presidential race has been determined,” Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, said in an interview. “The country is so divided today that it is not helpful that we would continue to have a debate about the process. Fix any problems with the process, but the outcome of an election can’t be something that is debated for the next four years.”
On Saturday, Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania issued a statement congratulating Mr. Biden and Harris after the dismissal of the Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania.
“With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey wrote. “I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory. They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and our country.”
On Wednesday, some Republicans questioned the latest legal move: a challenge waged by the state of Texas, which Trump joined, seeking to block the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by accusing them of exploiting the pandemic to ignore federal and state election laws.
The Republican senator from Texas, John Cornyn, told CNN that the lawsuit is “very unusual” and a “long shot.”
“I read just a summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory,” Cornyn said. “Number 1, why would a state — even such a great state as Texas — have a say-so on how other states administer their elections?”
Noting that election rules are decided at the state and local level, not at the national level, Cornyn said: “It’s an interesting theory, but I’m not convinced.”
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, called the Texas lawsuit “simply madness” and “dangerous and destructive of the cause of democracy.”
“The idea of supplanting the vote of the people with partisan legislators is so completely out of our national character that it’s simply madness,” Romney said.
Many others, however, were open to the lawsuit. “That’s a significant challenge,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican. “I’d like to see how that plays out.”
GOP Rep. Mooney wants to condemn lawmakers who call on Trump to concede
Rep. Alex Mooney introduced a resolution on Tuesday to formally condemn any lawmakers who call on Donald Trump to concede “prematurely” from the presidential race despite having lost.
The West Virginia Republican, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, offered the resolution during a private GOP conference call.
“I call on my fellow colleagues in the House GOP Conference to join me in sending a strong, united message of support for President @realDonaldTrump,” Mooney tweeted Tuesday morning. “No Republican member should prematurely call on President Trump to concede before these investigations are complete.”