Several high-ranking Republican senators on Monday recognized Joe Biden as the nation’s president-elect. This came after the Electoral College confirmed his victory. The senators also rejected the idea of overturning the results of the 2020 congressional presidential election.
Senator John Thune, said lawmakers have the right to challenge electoral votes. He also said it was “time to move on” and that once Biden “crosses the 270-vote threshold” in the Electoral College, he would be elected president.
Joe Biden passed that threshold Monday afternoon when California handed him 55 electoral votes.
Other Republican senators who publicly recognized Biden as president-elect Monday included Lindsey Graham, Rob Portman, Roy Blunt and Shelley More Capito.
Thune added that any attempt to change the outcome of the election when Congress counts the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6 won’t get much support. “It’s a path to nowhere,” he told reporters.
Sen. John Cornyn, another veteran Republican, said he believes any such effort “would be a serious mistake” that would be defeated in the upper chamber of Congress controlled by his party.
“There comes a time when you have to realize that despite your best efforts you have failed, that is the nature of this election. You have to have a winner and a loser,” he said.
He said he expects a peaceful transition of power by President Trump, who has so far refused to accept the election results and has filed dozens of lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results in several states.
In order for Congress not to confirm the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, it is necessary to get the approval of a majority of lawmakers in both houses of Congress on the same day.