President Donald Trump and his campaign have made it crystal clear that they’re not backing down and accepting the results of the 2020 presidential election, as they continue to insist that the election was corrupted from the start and as a result, thousands of votes were stolen from them.
That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trump recently rejected a suggestion from House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney in which she asked the president to consider conceding the election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Sorry Liz, can’t accept the results of an election with hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes cast, enough to easily flip the Election,” Trump tweeted on Saturday, while adding in a crack about Cheney being mad about his proposed troop drawdown.
What prompted his reply?
Politico ran a piece over the weekend in which Cheney alleged that Trump’s refusal to accept defeat and formally concede to former Vice President Joe Biden would only serve to hurt American democracy.
Cheney made her argument in a statement, describing that the president and his team have alleged that voter and ballot fraud took place, and adding that the president and his lawyers should “immediately” present proof of such fraud. She went on to say that if they can’t provide that proof, that it’s essentially time to throw in the towel.
“If the President cannot prove these claims or demonstrate that they would change the election result, he should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process,” Cheney wrote.
Trump’s tweet in which he took a shot at Cheney was in direct response to the Politico piece, which he linked in the tweet with his message to the Wyoming congresswoman. According to Breitbart, Cheney has opposed Trump’s goals of withdrawing U.S. troops from the Middle East.
Some Republicans ready to concede
While many Republicans in the House and U.S. Senate have backed the president as he wages a number of legal battles in an effort to overturn the election results, some Republicans, like Cheney, are beginning to distance themselves.
Centrist Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is another high-profile senator calling out Trump for refusing to concede the election, dialing in on the negative impact his lack of concession will have on the incoming administration and transition teams who, so far, have not received any of the courtesies incoming administrations typically receive.
Collins also criticized the president for what she labeled as exerting “pressure” on state legislators, claiming that making such moves is not the right way of going about pursuing legal recourse.
“The wrong way is to attempt to pressure state election officials. That undermines the public’s faith in our election results without evidence and court rulings to support the allegations,” Collins said.
While it’s not unexpected that some Republicans challenge the president’s strategies at this point, it would be wise for them to exercise patience until all of the legal dust is settled — just in case Trump’s legal team manages to actually “release the Kraken” and change the outcome of the election.