More than 30 former Republican congressmen call on President Donald Trump to accept the results of the 2020 elections.
In a statement released on Monday, the group wrote that it considers Trump’s comments “that allege electoral fraud as an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the election and as unacceptable.
“Every vote should be counted and the final result accepted by the participants, because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a foundation of our democracy,” the statement said. “For the future, we hope that the nation, regardless of party or persuasion, will recognize that President-elect Joe Biden has won this election.
Washington Newsday asked the Biden and Trump campaign to comment on the statement, but received no response prior to its release.
Former Congressman Tom Coleman (R-Mo.), who led efforts to bring former Republicans together to sign and publish the statement, said Trump’s conduct and legal challenges were “disgusting.
“I don’t think he’s acting like a president, I don’t think he’s acting the way a Republican or any public official should,” Coleman told Washington Newsday.
The Associated Press and other news agencies predicted Biden’s victory on Saturday after Biden apparently won a victory in Pennsylvania. On Monday, Biden led the poll with 290 votes, compared to Trump’s 214. To win, a candidate needs 270.
In a victory speech on Saturday night, Biden pushed for unity and promised to give leadership to all Americans regardless of their political ideology.
“For those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a few times myself. But now we should give each other a chance,” said Biden. “It’s time to put aside the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.
But Trump refused to give in, claiming without evidence that there had been widespread fraud. His campaign has filed lawsuits in several swing states, including Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
“The simple fact is that this election is far from over,” Trump said in a statement released just minutes after Biden’s election victory was projected.
“Joe Biden has not been confirmed as the winner of any state, let alone the hotly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the final winner,” Trump claimed.
Many top legislators have followed Trump’s lead, including Senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz. Graham urged Trump to “fight hard” after the election was called for Biden. Cruz insisted on Sunday that Trump “still has a way to win” and that his trial could go to the Supreme Court.
Coleman said the Republican Party needs to be more vocal about Trump’s statements.
“He is endangering this country,” he said, “and so it goes to the Republican Party as it now exists and to the leadership to take a little walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and talk to him about what he is doing and how they cannot accept it.