Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday denounced efforts to “overrule the voters” and their selection of President-elect Joe Biden in a race he said wasn’t even “unusually close.”
“If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral,” McConnell (R-Ky) said at the start of debate on the Senate floor.
“We would never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would be a mad scramble for power at all cost.”
In response to a GOP challenge to the Electoral College vote in Arizona, McConnell said lawmakers were considering “a step that has never been taking in American history — whether Congress should overrule the voters and overturn a presidential election.”
“President Trump claims the election was stolen,” he said.
“The assertions range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments to conspiracy theories.”
McConnell said that while he “supported the president’s right to use the legal system,” he noted that all those efforts had failed.
“Dozens of lawsuits received hearings in courtrooms all across our country, but over and over, the courts rejected these claims — including all-star judges whom the president has appointed himself,” he said.
“The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”
McConnell also said that Biden’s margin of victory in the Electoral College was “almost identical to what it was” when Trump won in 2016 and that the Nov. 3 election “actually was not unusually close.”
“Just in recent history, 1976, 2000 and 2004 were all closer than this one,” he said.
McConnell blasts efforts to ‘overrule’ Biden’s election The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.