Support for President Trump’s attempt to reverse his electoral losses fell in the Senate on Monday when Electoral College certified President-Elect Joseph R. After Biden Jr.’s victory, several top Republicans said the time had come to recognize the outcome: clear for weeks.
While he insisted that Mr. Trump could still challenge the results in court, the senators said the certification should be considered the effective conclusion of an election that has led to a fierce division in the country. And after weeks of silence by Mr. Trump and others in his party seeking to reverse the results in increasingly extreme ways, some urged their allies to move forward.
“I understand that there are people who feel strongly about the outcome of this election, but in the end, at some point, you have to face the music,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, Republican No. 2 journalist. Said Capital. “And I think once Electoral College has settled the issue today, it’s time for everyone to move forward.”
Even Senator Lindsey Graham of the South Carolina Republic, who initially rejected Mr. Trump’s fraudulent claims in major battlegrounds, said he now saw only “a very narrow path for the president” and Mr. Named cabinet likely to talk with Biden and some of his people.
“I don’t see how one gets from here to there, what the Supreme Court did,” he said, dismissing the justices’ decision on Friday to demand a long-shot suit by Texas, which was a handful Can reverse the result. States m Biden won.
The comments over a week indicated a remarkable and rapid sea change, which for weeks has refused to be considered inevitable, although the change was far from unanimous. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the leader of the majority, was clearly silent on Monday, acknowledging Mr. Biden’s victory. He devoted his only public comment to encourage talks and ignored a question about the Electoral College shouted by a reporter in the Capitol.
A small group of Republican senators greeted Mr. Biden almost immediately in November. But the majority had gone into a lot of rhetoric to avoid offending a president who could turn his own voters against him – even privately admitting he had lost.
A precursor to a major shift by Republicans elected to accept Mr. Trump’s defeat, or who were a sign of a growing rift within the party between those willing to accept reality and who – a loyal core – a vast majority in the Senate and House – Whoever appears ready to follow him wherever he goes.
Mr. McConnell’s aides said he would honor the election result coming in January, but no longer wanted a fight with Mr. Trump in Georgia for fear of damaging the possibility of Republicans in a pair of Senate runoff elections in January , Who will decide the control of the chamber. He is also worried, he said, that doing so could threaten year-round legislative priorities, which would require the president’s signature, including a spending measure and stimulus package to address the continuing toll of the epidemic Will also be included.
But it has had the effect that the most powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill, by intention or inaction, have given up uncontrolled claims by Mr. Trump and that are undermining their confidence in the democratic process and Mr. Biden’s legitimacy as president.
One by one on Monday, many of Mr. McConnell’s closest associates, including most of his leadership team, broke through the ranks.
“I think he is president-elect, whatever additional litigation is going on,” said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, referring to the first-ranked Mr. Biden as the winner of the first election. “I have no idea.”
Mr Cornyn sought to prevent members of his own party from challenging the election results when Congress meets in a joint session in early January and finalizes the results.
“It would be a mistaken mistake,” he said. “I think there comes a time when you have to realize that despite your best efforts, you have failed. It’s like the nature of these elections. You have a winner and you’ve got a loser. “
Senator Charles E. of Iowa, the longest-serving Republican. Grassley captured the staunch acceptability of many of his colleagues after the Electoral College action when a reporter asked if he now considered Mr. Biden to be president-elect.
“I don’t have – the Constitution does,” he said as he was upset for a vote. “I follow the constitution.”
Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, a Republican who rode Mr. Trump’s quota for re-election last month, called Mr. Biden the “presumptive president,” the outcome of any lawsuits that are not yet unresolved.
Others were more direct.
Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, and vice president of Congress during next year’s inauguration, said, “We will deal with Vice President Biden as president-elect.”
After initially dismissing a question about the results of Electoral College, Senator John Barraso of Wyoming, a third-ranking Republican leader, said he would “respect the outcome of the Electoral College vote” even if disappointed.
“The presidential election is over,” said Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a close aide of Mr. McConnell. “States have certified votes. Courts have settled disputes. Voters have voted. I hope President Trump stands up the country first. “
Still, many of Mr. Trump’s most ardent backers appeared unwilling to change course.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin planned to begin a hearing in the halls of Congress on Wednesday to air Mr. Trump’s claims.
That posture has affected Democrats, and even some Republicans, who warned again on Monday that by suppressing Mr. Trump’s false claims about the election, the party is deliberately misleading voters and the democratic process Is a threat to
Michigan Representative Paul Mitchell said, “It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system, because we are a third-world nation and have such a basic distrust for the sanctity of our vote.” In a letter Rona McDaniel, Republican National Committee President, and California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the party’s top House leader.
The letter was issued shortly after Mr Mitchell, a member of his party’s leadership who is retiring, cast 16 electoral votes for Mr Biden by his state. He wrote that he was leaving the Republican Party over Mr Trump’s refusal to accept the defeat, and warned that his allies “caused long-term damage to our democracy”.
“If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and ‘stop piracy’ without speaking up for our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security said was ‘the safest in American history,’ Our nation will be damaged, ”Mr. Mitchell wrote.