High Republicans Are Silent on Biden Victory as Trump Refuses to Concede

“It’s time to get together,” wrote Will Hurd, a retiring Republican of Texas. “America has spoken and we must respect the decision. More connects us than divides us; we can find common ground. I hope the president-elect can embody that. I wish him the best of luck and the President a successful last couple of weeks. “

Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, also offered a traditional good wishes to the winner and was one of the few members of his party to refer to Mr. Biden’s new title.


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“Ann and I warmly congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris,” he wrote on Twitter. “We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God will bless you in the days and years to come. “

But several Republicans, who are considered rising stars in the party, said congratulations were premature. They presented the election results as a creation of the news media, alluding to the possibility of legal action that could change them.

“The media cannot tell who the president is,” said Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri. “People do. When all legitimate votes have been counted, recounts stopped, and allegations of fraud addressed, we will know who the winner is. “

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey, who has announced his retirement, issued a statement congratulating both Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden for “running tough, spirited campaigns leading to one.” have led to record-breaking civic engagement “. However, given the proximity of the results, Americans needed assurances that the elections would be “conducted with integrity.”

“Today’s announcement of the election results by the media is a projection,” Toomey said. “A final result will be reached when the electoral process is complete. After all legal votes have been counted, disputes are resolved and all recounts are completed.”

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