(FiveNation.com)- President Donald Trump blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for congratulating Joe Biden on winning the Electoral College.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted to McConnell that it was too early to “give up.”
In his tweet, Trump shared a Daily Mail story titled “Trump’s allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden.” Trump then wrote:
“Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!”
On Tuesday, McConnell acknowledged Biden as the president-elect for the first time, after the Electoral College cast their votes. He said:
“The Electoral College has spoken, so today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years.”
Even though the Electoral College officially cast their votes earlier this week, there is still one final hurdle for Biden to overcome. On January 6, Senators will have the opportunity to object to the count from the Electoral College. That’s exactly what Republican Representative Mo Brooks, from Alabama, has said he intends to do.
On a call with his caucus, the details of which were leaked to the media, McConnell urged other Republicans in the Senate not to follow through with objections to the election results.
Ultimately, McConnell stressed two points. First, that he and other leaders of the Senate GOP want to move on from this fight. Second, they are worried that Republicans in the House are ready to take on the fight. If even one GOP senator joins in that fight, a vote would be forced in both chambers, thereby forcing Republican senators to vote against Trump publicly.
West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who serves as one of McConnell’s advisers, said it’s the “explicit feeling” of GOP leadership in the Senate that it was time to accept Biden’s win and move on. She said:
“I think you know that the Electoral College made the definitive vote, obviously … and it’s timely for Senator McConnell to move forward. Let’s turn the page and start a new administration and thank the previous one.”
The Trump administration, though, is not so keen to give up just yet. Earlier this week, one of the president’s top aides, Stephen Miller, said:
“The only date in the Constitution is January 20. So, we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election result and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election. This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open.”
On Wednesday, though, McConnell struck a different tone with his words, saying:
“Look, I don’t have any advice to give the president on the subject. I said for me, and I think on the basis of the way the system works, the decision by the Electoral College yesterday was determinative.”
In the roughly four weeks between now and inauguration day, it seems there could be some more tense exchanges between the Trump administration and Senate GOP leadership.