Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, who’s more likely to restrict the scope of Biden’s agenda, has not commented since Friday, the day earlier than the race was known as, when he known as for “each authorized” vote to be counted, whereas Home Republican chief Kevin McCarthy echoed Trump’s claims that the election is not over but.

“We have had probably the most aggressive presidential race in our trendy historical past,” McCarthy mentioned on Fox Information on Sunday. “That is why each vote needs to be counted, each recount to go ahead, and each problem needs to be heard.”

The Republican Celebration is cut up over deal with Biden’s victory, as Trump continues to dispute the consequence. Whereas a small contingent of conservatives need to restore religion within the democratic course of, Trump’s fiercest supporters have adopted the President’s mantra to “battle again very exhausting” when he feels personally mistreated.

“This can be a contested election,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham mentioned on Fox on Sunday. “The media would not resolve who turns into president, in the event that they did, you’d by no means have a Republican president perpetually.”

“Don’t concede, Mr. President, battle exhausting,” the South Carolina Republican added.

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of GOP management, mentioned on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that “it appears unlikely that any modifications could possibly be large enough to make a distinction, however it is a shut election.”

“I stay up for the President coping with this nonetheless he must cope with it,” he added.

The occasion’s responses within the aftermath of the election appear to separate its previous from its future.

Former President George W. Bush and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the Republican occasion’s 2012 presidential nominee and a frequent Trump critic, congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Romney known as them “folks of excellent will and admirable character” and mentioned he would “pray that God might bless them within the days and years forward.” Bush known as Biden a “good man, who has received his alternative to guide and unify our nation.”

And Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former governor and secretary of training who’s retiring after a four-decade profession in public workplace, mentioned on Saturday that the presidential candidates ought to fulfill their democratic responsibility and settle for the need of the folks.

“After counting each legitimate vote and permitting courts to resolve disputes, you will need to respect and promptly settle for the consequence,” tweeted Alexander. “The orderly switch or reaffirming of immense energy after a presidential election is probably the most enduring image of our democracy.”

However Alexander’s Republican incoming successor within the Senate, Invoice Hagerty, Trump’s former ambassador to Japan, mentioned that he had contributed to Trump’s authorized fund to guard the “integrity” of the election, and retweeted Trump’s assertion that “this election is way from over.”

Biden triumphed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — three states that 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton misplaced — on his method to successful the White Home, and presently leads Trump in Arizona and Georgia.

Addressing the nation on Saturday earlier than a car parking zone in Delaware filled with honking supporters, Biden and Harris known as on the nation to heal after a divisive election.

“It is time to put away the cruel rhetoric, to decrease the temperature, to see one another once more, to hear to one another once more,” Biden mentioned.

However simply hours earlier, Trump once more falsely claimed that the election was stolen from him, baselessly alleging that election observers weren’t current on the polls.


Whereas some distinguished Republicans are defending the President, publicly at the very least, a few of these closest to him have taken a distinct method in non-public. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached the President about conceding the election, two sources instructed MeSlop Saturday. And first woman Melania Trump has suggested the President the time has come for him to just accept the election loss, a separate supply conversant in the conversations instructed MeSlop on Sunday.
The President’s refusal to concede is obscuring what in any other case was a optimistic displaying for the GOP this yr. Republicans unexpectedly gained seats within the Home and defeated extraordinarily well-funded Senate Democratic candidates in Maine, Iowa, Montana and elsewhere.

“Within the Senate, just about each candidate, even those that had been wildly considered on the best way to successful, over carried out,” Billy Piper, a former McConnell chief of workers, instructed MeSlop. “That is an excellent night time.”

“It really seems that in the course of completely horrible circumstances, America has as soon as once more run the election it needs to be happy with,” he added. “The truth that we’re counting 150 million ballots as fast as we’re, given the distinctiveness of how they needed to be solid, it is fairly wonderful.”

The President’s refusal to just accept the outcomes may additionally complicate the GOP’s hopes of holding onto the Senate. Democrats’ possibilities of successful the chamber have been decreased to flipping each of Georgia’s Senate seats in two probably January runoff elections in a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator in 20 years.

Kristin Wilson contributed to this report.