‘Electoral College Has Spoken’: McConnell Belatedly Congratulates Biden On Win

Written by on December 15, 2020

‘Electoral College Has Spoken’: McConnell Belatedly Congratulates Biden On Win

By Claudia Grisales / NPR

December 15, 2020

FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., finishes speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell’s blockade of a popular criminal justice reform package has angered top senators. And it’s created an unusual rift with a longtime Republican ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A day after the Electoral College made the results official, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for their victory.

McConnell joins a wave of new Republicans acknowledging the win on Monday.

“The Electoral College has spoken. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said from the Senate floor Tuesday. “The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years.

The comments also come more than a month after election results showed the Democratic win. Several moderate members of the party had already congratulated the president-elect in those first days and weeks, with more members joining them in recent days.

McConnell also took the opportunity on the floor to recognize Harris’ historic win as the next vice president.

“I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California, Sen. Harris,” McConnell said. “Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”

McConnell made the remarks at the tail end of a speech on the Senate floor, acknowledging all of Trump’s accomplishments over the last four years — from new judges to progress building a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border to gains for the military.

“The list of American accomplishments since 2016 is nearly endless,” McConnell said. “It would take far more than one speech to catalog all the major wins the Trump administration has helped deliver for the American people.”

McConnell also closed out his remarks that it was time to end the Trump administration on a positive, bipartisan note.

“I look forward to finishing out the next 36 days strong with President Trump,” he said.

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