Some GOPers Have Outright Declared Biden President-Elect As Trump Plays Pretend

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November 12, 2020 2:12 p.m.

A small contingent of prominent Republicans have begun publicly acknowledging Joe Biden as President-elect and Kamala Harris as VP-elect even as President Trump still refuses to concede and continues waging widespread and unfounded election fraud claims.

Many Republicans on Capitol Hill have yet to weigh in on Trump’s refusal to concede, while some continue to egg on the President’s bogus voter fraud allegations. Only a handful of Republicans have come out of the woodwork to gently suggest that Trump finally concede.

While Trump has refused to concede his loss to Biden, the President-elect’s transition has already hit a major snag.

General Services Administration chief  Emily Murphy — a Trump appointee who has sole authority over whether Biden’s transition can officially move forward — has not signed the letter of “ascertainment,” which would allow the President-elect’s transition team to contact federal agencies or access the millions of dollars set aside for it.

Here are the Republicans who’ve outright declared that Biden is the President-elect:

Republican senators

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)

Sasse congratulated Biden in an interview the Omaha World-Herald.

“Today in our house we pray for both President Trump and President-Elect Biden, that both would be wise in the execution of their respective duties during this important time in our nation,” Sasse said.

House Republicans

Republican governors

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R)

DeWine clearly acknowledged that Biden won the presidential election during an interview on CNN Thursday.

“We need to consider the former vice president as the president-elect,” DeWine said. “Joe Biden is the president-elect.”

However, DeWine also told CNN on Thursday morning that Trump has a right to go to court and that as a former prosecutor, he is “a great believer in the ability to have your courts and go in to make your case and they have every right to do that and that looks like what they are trying to do.”

Other prominent Republicans

Former President George W. Bush

Bush extended his “warm congratulations” to Biden in a statement. Bush said that he spoke to the president-elect and thanked him for his “patriotic” victory speech, and had also called Harris to congratulate her on her historic victory.

“I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush said. “The president-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”

Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

Although he has not directly referred to Biden as President-elect, Rogers, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee during the Obama administration, demanded that Biden should begin to receive the President’s Daily Brief.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)

During a roundtable on ABC News on Sunday, Christie — who assisted President Trump in preparing for his disastrous first presidential debate against Biden — was asked whether Republicans are ready to work with Biden given how Trump and the majority of GOPers on Capitol Hill have yet to congratulate the President-elect on his victory.

Christie replied that it’s going to be “issue by issue” when it comes to “whether Republicans work with Democrats and vice versa,” before agreeing that GOPers can start by acknowledging Biden’s victory.

The former New Jersey governor said that he believes “there’s lots of Republicans trying to feel their way around” Trump’s refusal to concede, but suggested that the President finally do so.

“That’s why to me I think it was so important early on to say to the President: if your basis for not conceding is that there was voter fraud, then show us. Show us!” Christie said. “Because if you can’t show us, we can’t do this. We can’t back you blindly without evidence.”

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