Senator Mitch McConnell speaking at CPAC 2014. Flickr/Gage Skidmore
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the most senior Republican on Capitol Hill, has today recognised Joe Biden’s election victory, breaking with Donald Trump’s baseless election challenges. It comes after the Electoral College yesterday confirmed Biden’s victory with a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
“As of this morning, our country has officially a president-elect and a vice-president elect,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Many millions of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes that will determine who is sworn in on January 20th.
“The Electoral College has spoken. So today I want to congratulate Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years. I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, and our colleague from California, Senator Harris.”
Until this moment, McConnell had withheld this acknowledgment in the belief that Trump had a right to challenge election results in the court of law. Trump has predictably lost those battles, and with McConnell’s belated acknowledgment of the official result, he has lost his last hope of overturning the result by having the Senate challenge the Electoral College vote.
It really is game over for the president.