Former Republican members of Congress released a statement on Monday urging President Donald Trump to accept that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.
“Every vote should be counted and the final outcome accepted by the participants because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a bedrock of our democracy. Going forward, it is our hope the nation will, regardless of party or persuasion, recognize President-Elect Joe Biden has won this election,” the statement reads.
Former Representative of Missouri Tom Cole, who initiated the efforts, believes that the president’s behavior is disgusting.
“I don’t think he’s acting presidential, I don’t think he’s acting as a Republican should or any public office holder should,” said Cole.
CNN was the first to project Biden’s win. Biden captured the win in Pennsylvania, allowing him to lead by 290 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 214.
During his victory speech, Biden said that he would be a leader for all.
“For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance,” Biden said. “It’s time to put away 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.”
Trump continues to ignore that Joe Biden won the election and insist that there was widespread fraud. He has filed lawsuits in Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” Trump said.
A couple of Republican lawmakers have urged Trump to fight hard. Senator Ted Cruz said that Trump still has a path to victory and that his court battle could go to the Supreme Court.