Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said that President Donald Trump’s “character traits” probably led to a large number of voters rejecting him at the polls.
The Associated Press and national television stations called the election for President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday after results showed he had exceeded the 270 votes needed to win the election. Trump claimed without reason that Biden had won through widespread voter fraud and refused to back down. His campaign plans to take legal action in several states, including Pennsylvania. Although Toomey did not fully admit that Biden had won the election, he suggested that the challenges in his state would not be enough to change the outcome.
“I think the number is probably not large enough to determine the outcome of the election,” Toomey said during a Sunday interview with Face the Nation on CBS News. He said, however, that any legal challenges to Trump’s campaign should be heard and allowed.
“I think, you know, there’s no question that – these personality and character traits of the president have led a lot of people down the wrong path. And that was probably problematic for the president. It certainly was,” said the GOP senator. But he argued that the Trump administration had been “remarkably successful” in terms of economic and foreign policy results.
“The awakened left had a major setback,” said Republican @SenToomey @margbrennan of Dmens losses in #Election2020
About Trump’s loss in #Pennsylvania: Trump’s “personality and character traits” “rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, and that was probably problematic” pic.twitter.com/KAwTiNE2bo
– Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 8, 2020
While economic growth remained stable in the first three years of Trump’s presidential term and unemployment reached an all-time low, new applications for unemployment benefits reached historic levels earlier this year against the backdrop of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting plant closures. Public debt soared under Trump’s leadership, which, as economists have pointed out, is highly unusual in a strong economy.
Other Republicans have acknowledged Trump’s defeat and congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their historic victory. The duo collected more than 75 million individual votes, far surpassing the previous record of around 69.5 million votes set by former President Barack Obama in 2008.
“I have just spoken with the President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I congratulated him warmly and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night. I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election as Vice President,” former Republican President George W. Bush said in a statement on Sunday.
GOP Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who has repeatedly criticized Trump since his 2016 campaign, also congratulated Biden in a statement on Saturday.
“Ann and I congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come,” Romney told Twitter.
CNN and ABC News have reported that Trump officials and family members of the president encouraged him to abandon the election. But the campaign has insisted that the election is not yet decided and promised to challenge the results in court.
Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for comment, but they did not respond immediately.