Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recognized Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election for the first time yesterday. The incumbent President has not yet done so, but this admission marks a turning point in the Grand Old Party, until now a silent ‘accomplice’ of the tycoon’s baseless allegations of fraud.
McConnell’s speech, Washington’s most powerful Republican, comes the day after the Electoral College confirms Biden’s victory.
The hitherto reluctant leaders of Russia, Vladimir Putin and Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also congratulated the next tenant of the White House.
‘This morning we officially have an elected president and an elected vice president. Many of us would have liked a different outcome, but our system of government has determined who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College spoke. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, who is no stranger to the Senate and has been in public service for many years, ‘McConnell said in a speech praising Trump’s work during these four years.
McConnell also spoke about the incoming Vice President, Kamala Harris, a California senator. ‘Regardless of our differences, all Americans can be proud that our nation has a woman in the vice presidency for the first time in history,’ the Republican leader stressed.
And this is the most significant recognition from the Republicans.
McConnell, 78, has held the position of upper house majority leader since 2014, responsible, for example, for appointing federal offices, including judges.
The Republican Senate was the front that clashed with the Obama administration and also with Trump himself, who was denied, for example, public funding for the construction of the wall with Mexico.
McConnell immediately after the vote allowed Trump, with his deafening silence, to continue the judicial offensive against the polls, without ever supporting conspiracy theories.
The gear shift began Monday night, with Biden’s victory confirmed, especially when the party’s heavyweights publicly acknowledged the win.
Chuck E. Grassley, an 87-year-old senior member of the Upper House and head of the judiciary committee, admitted that the Constitution recognized Biden’s victory. John Thune of South Dakota said “Once the Electoral College has resolved the matter, it is time for everyone to move on.”
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander called on Trump to ‘put America first, and help Biden get off to a good start’.
In reality, the Electoral College vote was not necessary to admit Trump’s defeat. In the United States, it is the media that declare the winner at the polls once the poll, whether concluded or not, makes it clear that there is no more room to reverse the trend. And the judgment is considered official. The loser admits failure, congratulates the chosen one and begins the transition. The next step is scheduled for the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December and normally goes unnoticed.
Biden in Monday’s tough speech urged the Republican president to declare defeat ‘Our democracy has been pressured, tested and threatened, and has proven resilient, true and strong,’ he said from Wilmington in Delaware, the its city and the headquarters of the transition.
The president-elect criticized Trump’s ‘inconceivable’ attempts to overturn the victory and also ‘blamed’ the Republicans who supported him: ‘It’s the most extreme position we’ve ever seen, but it’s time to turn the page.’
And the Republicans have finally heard it.
While Trump continues not to accept the result, despite the continuous defeats in the country’s courts. On twitter he re-launched, immediately after McConnell’s speech, ‘There is a huge amount of evidence for election fraud. Nothing like it has ever been seen in this country. ‘
Trump is still backed by his fervent followers, who demonstrated in Washington on Saturday, but the republican establishment has decided to put an end to a dangerous theater that has damaged trust in the democratic system and the image of democracy in the great America.