Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said he expected President Donald Trump to be on stage next to President-elect Joe Biden on the day of the inauguration in January, but refused to admit that the incumbent Republican had been beaten in the election.
Biden, who served as vice president under former President Barack Obama, was declared the winner of the presidential election on Sunday by the Associated Press and national television stations after receiving at least 290 votes. Trump did not back down and unfoundedly claimed that Biden had won through widespread election fraud. While some Republican legislators have congratulated the Democrat on his victory, many GOP politicians have yet to admit Trump’s loss.
“Once again, I think we’ll show the world that democracy works,” Blunt said Sunday in an interview with ABC News’ This Week.
“This is a great time for us to show how a true democracy works,” the GOP senator said. “I am confident that we will see that. I expect both Vice President Biden and President Trump to be on stage on opening day, and that will be a powerful message no matter which of them is sworn in on that day.
GOP Sen. Blunt will not acknowledge that Biden is the obvious winner of the election: I expect both Vice President Biden and President Trump to be on stage on the day of the inauguration, and that will be a powerful message no matter who is sworn in by either of them.âÂ https://t.co/aN8iz2wqRa pic.twitter.com/QBXlv5NeNJ
– This week (@ThisWeekABC) November 8, 2020
Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for a comment, but it did not respond immediately.
In the 2020 election, a record number of Americans cast their votes, with both Biden and Trump receiving more individual votes than any other presidential candidate in history. The latest count from Fox News shows Biden with about 75.2 million votes compared to 70.8 million votes for the Republican president. The previous record was set by Obama in 2008, when he received around 69.5 million votes.
Although Trump has not admitted to the election and Blunt and many other Republicans have not yet admitted that Biden won, several GOP lawmakers have congratulated Biden.
“Ann and I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, tweeted on Saturday. “We both know them as people of goodwill and admirable character. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come. Romney routinely clashed with the president and was the only senator in his party to vote for Trump’s impeachment after his House of Representatives voted to remove him from office.
Congressman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, claimed in a Twitter post on Saturday that Biden had won the election and that he planned to work with the new Democratic administration.
“The votes were counted, the American people spoke, and they elected Joe Biden as our next president,” Upton wrote. “We must find a way to come together, bridge divisions and focus on solutions that will help the millions of people who are in trouble. I raise my hand and pledge to work with President-elect Biden and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress to do just that.
ABC News and CNN have reported that Trump officials and members of the president’s family have tried to convince the president to abandon the election. But the Trump campaign has said it will take legal action in key states where the race is tight. A recount is also expected in Georgia and possibly in other states. Biden seems to have narrowly beaten Georgia by a narrow margin of 0.2 percent – or just over 10,000 votes – but the Associated Press has not declared the race open.