Mitch McConnell warns fellow Republicans not to challenge certification of electoral vote

by Peter Heck · Dec 16th, 2020 11:39 am

Last Updated Dec 17th, 2020 at 9:21 pm

After formally acknowledging Joe Biden as "president-elect" earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke bluntly with fellow Republicans on a Tuesday conference call, encouraging them to accept the results of the Electoral College.

In the call, McConnell warned Republican lawmakers not to challenge or attempt to stop the Congressional certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory when the official votes are presented before Congress on January 6.

"There was encouragement on the phone for us to accept the result, as much as it's not what we would have envisioned for the next four years, and to try to do what's best for the American people, which is to look forward," said West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

In 2005, following George W. Bush's reelection victory over Democratic challenger John Kerry, California Democrat Barbara Boxer tried to obstruct Congressional certification, claiming there were "election irregularities," particularly in the pivotal swing state of Ohio.

Republicans at the time blasted Boxer for her antics – something McConnell reminded his party about during the conference call.


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