In a fiery speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he would listen to “no lectures” from Democrats about how President Trump should concede the election to Joe Biden. McConnell, in celebrating the pretty good night that Republicans had last Tuesday (in defiance of all the polls), said that Trump had every legal right to challenge fraud and discrepancies before conceding the race. And he reminded Democrats that they’ve spent the last four years trying desperately to undo the results of the 2016 election, giving them very little high ground from which to preach.
“According to preliminary results, voters across the nation elected and reelected Republican senators to a degree that actually stunned prognosticators,” McConnell said. “Likewise, the American people seem to have reacted to house Democrats’ radicalism and obstruction by shrinking the House speaker’s majority and electing more Republicans. And then there’s the presidential race.”
He continued: “Obviously, no states have yet certified their election results. We have at least one or two states that are already on track for a recount. And I believe the president may have legal challenges underway in at least five states. The core principle here is not complicated. In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted, any illegal ballots must not be counted. The process should be transparent or observable by all sides and the courts are here to work through concerns.”
McConnell said there is nothing unusual or concerning about President Trump wanting his lawyers to have a look inside the counting process.
“Our institutions are actually built for this,” he explained. “We have the system in place to consider concerns and President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”
The Senate majority leader then laid into Democrats for pretending as though disputing the results of an election is a breach of our democracy.
“Let’s not have any lectures, no lectures, about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election and who insinuated that this one would be illegitimate too if they lost again — only if they lost,” he said. “The people who push this hysteria could not have any more egg on their faces than they do right now.”
What more can we possibly add?