Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, said Tuesday that the country must “move on” after the 2020 presidential election.
“I think most people realize that this election is over,” Hogan said during a press conference. “I think it’s really dangerous, in the middle of this pandemic, this economic collapse and the people dying all over the country, not knowing if there will be a transition.
When asked about President Donald Trump’s refusal to give in and begin the transfer of power to the elected Democratic President Joe Biden, Hogan said: “I think most people realize that this election is over.
“Will the old Coronavirus Task Force make decisions? Will the new one?” he asked rhetorically. “There is no transition. How long will this go on without a seamless package, without additional virus removal… It’s crazy. We have to keep going.”
Hogan also commented on Trump’s re-election campaign, in which he filed lawsuits in several states, claiming that thousands of votes had been forged. Trump’s campaign argued that illegal votes should be thrown out before states confirm their December election results, which could change the election results in Trump’s favor.
“I think if the president and his team have real evidence of widespread election fraud, they should present it,” Hogan said. “We have legal procedures for good reason. They can be challenged, they have every right to do so.”
Hogan said, however, that he personally saw no evidence of widespread fraud, nor anything that would change the outcome of the election.
“This is the way it works in America,” Hogan said. “We cast the votes, we count the votes and we live with the results.”
Hogan claimed that he was the first Republican leader in the entire state to congratulate President-elect Biden on his victory. He mentioned that other former Republican leaders such as former President George W. Bush, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, and former Congressman Rick Santorum also congratulated the president-elect.
The governor of Maryland said he considered the Republicans’ efforts to challenge the election or delay the transfer of power to Biden “a mistake.
“I think it’s a mistake for the country, it’s a mistake for the Republican Party, and especially since the Senate is up in the air in two runoffs in Georgia, it’s a pretty, pretty significant thing to do anything to tarnish the brand and … cost us votes,” Hogan concluded.
Washington Newsday contacted the Trump campaign for a comment….