Trump slams Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders who didn't back election fraud claim: 'I Will NEVER FORGET!'
Trump and his allies have continued to claim that Democrats perpetrated widespread fraud to 'steal' the election from him
President Donald Trump has warned that he "will never forget" how some Republican lawmakers didn't join in his quest to overturn the November 3 election, which he claims is diputed. Trump is yet to concede the 2020 election to President-Elect Joe Biden, who was declared the winner of both the popular as well as the electoral vote. Trump and his allies, however, have continued to claim that Democrats had perpetrated widespread voter fraud to "steal" the election from him, Newsweek reported.
Some high-profile GOP members have acknowledged Biden's incoming administration, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Dakota Senator John Thune. While quite a few other Republican lawmakers have rallied behind Trump's claims, the president gave a warning to those he deemed were disloyal to him. "I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election," Trump tweeted Thursday. "Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!"
I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election. Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2020
McConnell acknowledged Biden's victory during a Senate floor speech in December just after the Electoral College voted Joe Biden as the president-elect. "Many of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result," McConnell said, "but our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken."
Trump lambasted McConnell in a December tweet. "Mitch, 75,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot)," Trump wrote. "Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!"
Trump's allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden https://t.co/ak9nu6420L via @MailOnline. Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2020
While Trump has found little success in the courts with respect to the allegations, some GOP senators have declared they would challenge the Congressional count of the electoral votes on January 6 - hoping to secure a second term for Trump.
Sen. Thune said on Monday, however, that the expected GOP challenge to the electoral vote to "go down like a shot dog" in the Senate. "I just don't think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be," the Dakota Republican told CNN.
Trump lashed out at Thune on Twitter the following day, calling him "Mitch's boy" and a "RINO [Republican in Name Only]".
"Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget," he wrote. "Right now they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election. RINO John Thune, 'Mitch's boy', should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn't like weakness. He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!"
Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget. Right now they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election. RINO John Thune, “Mitch’s boy”, should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn’t like weakness. He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
In November, McConnell had said that Trump was “100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities."
"Let's not have any lectures - no lectures - about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election," he told the Senate on November 9.
Some GOP members of the House of Representatives have agreed to challenge the electoral vote on January 6. However, in order to formally contend the results, a representative must be joined by a U.S. Senator. At this point, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Alabama Senator-Elect Tommy Tuberville are some Republican senators who are being considered as favorites to join the bid.
Meanwhile, McConnell will reach out to Tuberville in an attempt to avoid a messy floor fight on January 6. Thune said GOP leaders will tell Tuberville that voting to suspend the tally of the Electoral College vote will be a futile — and politically damaging — move, the Hill Reported.