On Twitter Sunday, the president wrote “since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?”
Most of the party’s leaders have followed suit, either remaining silent — like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — about the election result or openly questioning it. “Voters decide who wins the election, not the media,” Rep. Markwayne Mullin said Saturday. “I fully support President Trump as he continues to fight for every legal vote to be counted.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on Fox News: “Don’t concede, Mr. President. Fight hard.”
But the letter is a sign that broader Republican support may be starting to crumble. Former President George W. Bush’s office recently released a statement pointedly calling Biden the “president-elect.” Pressed on Trump’s legal challenges, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told ABC on Sunday that it “seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference.”
Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.) have also issued statements congratulating Biden.
The Biden transition team so far has tried to give the GSA some space to make its election decision, but signaled Sunday they were prepared to up the pressure on Murphy.
“Now that the election has been independently called for Joe Biden, we look forward to the GSA Administrator quickly ascertaining Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the President-elect and Vice President-elect,” a transition spokesperson told POLITICO. “America’s national security and economic interests depend on the federal government signaling clearly and swiftly that the United States government will respect the will of the American people and engage in a smooth and peaceful transfer of power.”