Trump lashes out at McConnell for congratulating Biden: ‘Too soon to give up’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his White House victory. 14 hours later, President Trump responded to the Republican leader that it was “too soon to give up.”
“Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!” Trump wrote on Twitter early Wednesday morning.
Many Republicans took severe issue with McConnell after he made his comments on the floor of the Senate recognizing Biden’s victory. McConnell, the longtime GOP senator from Kentucky who has led the Senate for the past six years, gave his speech the morning after the Electoral College formalized Biden’s victory over the president in last month’s election. It appeared he caved at that point in the fight over election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
McConnell went so far as to ask his Republican colleagues in the Senate not to try and contest the election results on Jan. 6, when a joint session of Congress formally accepts the Electoral College count, because it would fracture the party and they would ultimately lose. A number of Trump allies still intend to call for a debate. But McConnell’s move effectively ends any hopes of a last-minute reprieve for the president. A majority of both houses of Congress would be needed to overturn the election results and that is highly unlikely to occur.
McConnell has ignored Senate Democrats for weeks as they called on him to congratulate Biden.
The Kentucky politico spent most of his speech on the Senate floor praising President Trump and his administration’s accomplishments. But McConnell finally stated “the Electoral College has spoken.
Trump's allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden https://t.co/ak9nu6420L via @MailOnline. Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2020
“So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He has devoted himself to public service for many years.”
And with those words, the Republican base turned on McConnell with full force branding him as a turncoat.
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican pulled no punches: “Every ‘Republican’ that isn’t fighting for @realDonaldTrump’s 2020 landslide victory is supporting the Chinese Communist Party takeover of America,” Greene tweeted following McConnell’s remarks.
Attorney Lin Wood went even further, calling McConnell a ‘traitor’ and vowing: “His day of judgment is coming.”
“McConnell ‘is NOT a Patriot. Ask his wife. She knows,” wrote Wood, referring to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife of 27 years, who is a Chinese-American.
“McConnell just wants power, influence, & money. He is willing to sell America to get what he wants. McConnell is a traitor to American Patriots,” Wood continued.
Mitch McConnell @senatemajldr is NOT a Patriot. Ask his wife. She knows.
McConnell just wants power, influence, & money. He is willing to sell America to get what he wants. McConnell is a traitor to American Patriots.
His day of judgment is coming. https://t.co/d0ECDfk5Tk
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) December 15, 2020
Fox News host Mark Levin also joined the fray, tweeting “thanks for nothing, Mitch.”
“Trump helped you secure your seat, as he did so man Senate and House seats, and you couldn’t even wait until January 6th,” added Levin. “You’ve been the GOP ‘leader’ in the Senate for far too long. It’s time for some fresh thinking and new blood.:
2. Trump helped you secure your seat, as he did so man Senate and House seats, and you couldn't even wait until January 6th. You've been the GOP "leader" in the Senate for far too long. It's time for some fresh thinking and new blood.https://t.co/ucaa2cmmcQ
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 15, 2020
Hard-right commentator Nicholas J. Fuentes, who has been leading ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies across the country, tweeted simply: ‘McConnell is a traitor and a RINO.’
McConnell also recognized the historic nature of Sen. Kamala Harris’ election as vice president: “I also congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California, Sen. Harris. Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the first time.”
He then added, “I look forward to finishing out the next 36 days strong with President Trump. Our nation needs us to add another bipartisan chapter to this record of achievement.”
“I understand there are people who feel strongly about the outcome of this election,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD), McConnell’s top deputy, said. “But in the end, at some point, you have to face the music. And I think that once the Electoral College settles the issue today, it’s time for everybody to move on.”