McConnell Backs Trump’s Refusal To Concede Despite Decisive Election Result

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) make their way to a Senate Republican policy lunch at the US Capitol on May 15, 2018. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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November 9, 2020 4:03 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday threw his support behind President Donald Trump’s undemocratic rejection of the election results that led to his defeat at the hands of President-elect Joe Biden.

Amid the President’s evidence-free claims about “illegal” votes and his slew of lawsuits aimed at bolstering those accusations, McConnell backed Trump’s weaponization of the courts during a speech on the Senate floor.

Trump has “every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law,” McConnell argued.

“If any major irregularities occurred this time of a magnitude that would effect the outcome, then every single American should want them to be brought to light,” he said. “And if Democrats feel confident they have not occurred, they should have no reason to fear any extra scrutiny.”

The Senate leader’s final jab struck a note of irony given how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pressed him on a similar point when McConnell refused to allow witnesses or evidence of Trump’s Ukraine scandal to be presented at the impeachment trial earlier this year.

Watch McConnell below:

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