Updated: February 26, 2021
The United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday congratulated Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his presidential election victory over Donald J. Trump, calling him for the first time President-elect and adding that the Electoral College “has spoken.”
“Many of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor, a day after electors met on Monday and affirmed Biden’s election victory.
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“But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken,” McConnell added, ending weeks of silence over the defeat of Donald Trump.
McConnell also praised Trump’s four years in office, saying the outgoing president and vice president Mike Pence “deserve our thanks.”
For weeks, the Republican leadership had refused to congratulate Biden who defeated Trump 306-232 in the Electoral College vote. Biden also received 7 million votes more than Trump who has refused to concede defeat.
Trump and his Republican colleagues had continued to spread baseless fraud claims, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court twice and losing.