Mitch McConnell Says Trump Is '100% Within His Rights' To Challenge Election

Written by on November 9, 2020

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stood firmly behind Donald Trump on Monday because the president continues to boost baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud in an election he has refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden.

The Kentucky Republican mentioned Trump is “100% inside his rights” to pursue authorized challenges and request recounts in a number of states, declining to acknowledge the previous Democratic vp’s victory.

“No states have but licensed their election outcomes,” McConnell mentioned Monday in a speech on the Senate flooring. “I imagine the president might have authorized challenges underway in at the very least 5 states.”

“We’ve the instruments and the establishments we have to handle any issues,” McConnell mentioned, including that the Structure doesn’t give “rich media companies” the facility to name elections.

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There was no proof of widespread fraud within the 2020 election. Each main tv community, in addition to The Related Press, has projected Biden’s win based mostly on his substantial vote lead in a number of key states. Biden at present leads Trump by greater than 40,000 votes in Pennsylvania, for instance.

Solely 4 Republican senators have acknowledged Biden’s victory and congratulated him for profitable the White Home: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

Dozens of world leaders and former President George W. Bush have additionally congratulated Biden and his operating mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, for his or her historic election win.

In his speech on Monday, McConnell hailed the unexpectedly good evening Senate Republicans had final Tuesday ― the GOP held on to key seats that Democrats had been hoping would assist hand them management of the bulk subsequent 12 months.

However these new GOP senators ― from Tennessee, Kansas, Wyoming and Alabama ― had been all projected winners by the identical media McConnell and different Republicans sought to solid doubt on this week.

It’s tough to make the argument that votes in contests favorable to the GOP had been completely authentic, whereas votes within the presidential race weren’t.

“Lawsuits will need to have foundation in info and proof, and make no mistake, there was no proof of any vital or widespread voter fraud. Joe Biden received this election truthful and sq.,” Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) proclaimed Monday, urging GOP leaders to return to grips with actuality.

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