Washington, DC – Senate Majority Bloc Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday congratulated Democrat Joe Biden, whom he called president-elect, and said the Electoral College “has spoken.”
With this speech on the Senate floor, McConnell ended weeks of silence regarding the defeat of President Donald Trump. The Electoral College met on Monday and ratified Biden’s triumph.
“I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said.RELATED
“Many of us had expected the presidential election to have a different outcome,” McConnell said. “But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken ”.
McConnell said that Biden “has been in public service for many years.” He also congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and said that “all Americans can be proud that our country has a Vice President-elect for the first time.”
McConnell began his speech with a praise for the “endless accomplishments” of the current administration’s four years, saying that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence “deserve our thanks.”
The Senate leader mentioned among Trump’s achievements his nomination for a second term and the confirmation of three Supreme Court justices.
For his part, Trump continued his unfounded allegations of “electoral fraud” with a new tweet on Tuesday.
Once the results were ratified, the Republicans were faced with an iron alternative: declare Biden president-elect as the figures show or remain silent while Trump continued his damaging campaign to reverse the election.
“The time comes when you have to acknowledge the facts,” said Senator John Thune, number two in the Republican bloc. “Once the Electoral College solves the matter, it is time for everyone to move on to something else.”
Senator Roy Blunt, chairman of the inauguration commission, said that panel will now “treat Vice President Biden as president-elect.”