Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP lawmakers on Monday refused to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect, defending President Donald Trump as he continues to launch unsubstantiated allegations about widespread voter fraud.© Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington.
McConnell (R-Ky.), like other Republicans, neither repeated Trump’s false claims that Democrats are trying to “rig” and “steal” the election, nor publicly pressured the president to concede. Speaking at a photo opportunity with the new class of GOP senators elected last week, he did not respond to questions about whether he has seen any evidence of fraud, though on the Senate floor, McConnell said Trump is entitled to challenge the validity of the election results and await statewide recounts.
“Our institutions are actually built for this,” McConnell said. “We have the system in place to consider concerns, and President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”