McConnell Acknowledges Biden’s Win

By Claire Hardwick

While Republicans have been slow to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s projected win, the electoral college confirmed yesterday his victory over President Trump, despite fierce efforts to stop it. 

But today, the highest ranking Senator showed a changing of the tide as he publicly congratulated Biden for his election win. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years.”

In what may have been an effort to restore faith in the electoral process, McConnell continued, “Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20.”

While President Trump has continued to say he won the election with no signs of planning to concede to Biden, the Senate Republicans have a much more important election to focus on in Georgia. The two runoff elections will determine if the GOP keeps their razor thin majority, or gives the Democrats both chambers in Congress. While Republicans were quick to undermine the election integrity after the presidential election, they now need their party members to turnout in a big way. Biden beating President Trump in this usually red state may provide a clue as to how the election will turn, and these next few weeks are crucial. 

Why this matters: After Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and Rudy Giuliani have been hot on the campaign to overturn the election, the result has been many voters calling to boycott the election as a political statement, or to write Trump’s name in instead of voting for the Republican candidates. This, of course, would almost guarantee a win for the Democrats. If the Democrats have majority in both chambers, the door will be blown wide open for Biden to pass his promised legislation. For Republicans, this is a worst case scenario, and this really is a race that will influence not only the next four years, but the future of the Republican Party. McConnell congratulating Biden is a helpful step in reestablishing calm after what has been a hectic post-election month.