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McConnell backs Trump’s refusal to accept election results

Trump has continued to assert that there were widespread irregularities in several states but has so far provided no evidence. He has falsely claimed on Twitter that he won the election, even as Biden on Saturday secured the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the White House.

Republicans’ reluctance to recognize Biden’s victory highlights the grip that Trump still holds on the GOP, even as he will soon be leaving the White House. For now, they’re sticking with him.

McConnell said there should be “no lectures” from Democrats who “just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.”

“Notably, the Constitution gives no role in this process to wealthy media corporations,” McConnell. “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.”

Like McConnell, most Senate Republicans have refused to acknowledge that Biden will become the next president. While Biden is already aggressively planning his transition to power, GOP senators are deferring to the Trump campaign’s pending legal challenges to the election results in various battleground states.

Those long-shot lawsuits, based on unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, are highly unlikely to alter the results of the election. But Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said Monday that conceding “is not even in our vocabulary right now,” and the president has been parroting false claims about the integrity of the election.

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