Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) has joined in the chorus of calls for President Donald Trump to concede the presidential election and begin the transition to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s administration.
“It is time to begin the full and formal transition process,” Murkowski said in a statement on Sunday, as The Hill reported.
End the “pressure campaign”
In addition to pushing for the beginning of the transition process, Murkowski criticized the president for the way he and his legal team have challenged the election results.
The Alaska senator said in her statement that many of the president’s legal claims have been determined to be baseless. “President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit,” she said.
She also took issue with what she referred to as the president’s “pressure campaign.”
“A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process,” Murkowski said in the statement, which she posted to Twitter.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) November 22, 2020
Although Murkowski is a Republican, her remarks are not particularly surprising. Since the election, Murkowski has referred to Biden as “president-elect.” She joins a few other Republican senators who have congratulated Biden on his supposed victory, including Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME), and Pat Toomey (PA).
Murkowski has also often been a swing vote in the Senate, which simply means she has shown a propensity to side with Democrats.
The Alaska senator has already expressed a willingness to confirm Biden’s cabinet appointments.
“All presidents have a right to their Cabinet,” Murkowski said last week, according to Politico. “Our job, our role is to make sure that he selects folks that are … within the mainstream. And are good, qualified credible candidates. And if he does that, sure, I am going to work with him.”
Biden, of course, has been dubbed “president-elect” by the mainstream media, which doesn’t have the authority to hand out that title. Biden will not officially be the president-elect until the Electoral College names him the winner of the 2020 election.