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Here's what Republicans have said so far about Trump's refusal to concede


Nick Niedzwiadek

Some of Trump’s closest allies in Congress are urging him to fight in court and are amplifying questions about the integrity of the election as votes stacked up against him over the course of the week.

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And it’s clear that Trumpworld is keeping score on Republicans. Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday decried the “total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ in backing up the president.”

“They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead,” the younger Trump tweeted.

All-in on Trump

There are plenty of Trump die-hards in Congress — including allies in the House Freedom Caucus and ambitious members who harbor aspirations to lead the GOP after Trump — who have dutifully defended him throughout his four years in the White House.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

“Don’t accept the media’s declaration. Don’t concede, Mr. President. Fight hard.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

Rep. Doug Collins, Georgia

Trump even tapped Rep. Doug Collins, who came in third in Georgia’s Senate special election, to lead the recount effort in the state after it was called for Biden — the first time it’s gone for Democrats in a presidential election since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida

Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas

Sen.-Elect Tommy Tuberville, Alabama

Let things play out

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the Republicans who have taken a more modest position, arguing that Trump is within his right to file his legal challenges without embracing the president’s specious claims of rampant fraud.

These include many rank-and-file members in both houses of Congress, as well as people like Sen. Mitt Romney, whose periodic criticisms of Trump garner outsize attention in Washington.

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, McConnell said Trump is “100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”

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

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

Senate Majority Leader


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