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After the Electoral College presumably votes Monday to affirm Joe Biden’s win, some Republican senators are reportedly preparing to acknowledge the de facto truth that never should have been in question: Donald Trump lost fair and square.

Many Senate Republicans have viewed the Dec. 14 vote both literally and figuratively speaking as the moment of truth, according to CNN. After electors in state capitals across the country finalize the certified results, those same Republicans are realizing they may have to actually part ways with their whiny, rage-y, delusional Dear Leader.

“Trump’s going to do what Trump is going to do,” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa told CNN on the question of whether Trump will concede. But regardless, Grassley views the Electoral College as being the final say on the matter.

In recent weeks, just six GOP senators had acknowledged Biden as president-elect: Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

But those ranks appear to stand a chance of growing next week. GOP Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said Monday’s Electoral College vote would be the “defining outcome” of the race. An extended debate about the election process, he added, would only serve to hurt the country both at home and internationally.

“It is unhealthy for the well-being of our country, and our relations around the world if we spend time debating the outcome of the election once the presidential race has been determined,” Moran said in an interview. “Fix any problems with the process, but the outcome of an election can’t be something that is debated for the next four years.”

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, part of the GOP leadership team, seemingly expressed a desire to move on—as if Senate Republicans couldn’t have shut Trump down sooner by finding their spines.

“My expectation, certainly, is that once the Electoral College finishes the process, it’s off to next year,” Thune told CNN. “The Electoral College obviously brings some finality to this. And I think that with all the kind of tumult and swirl we’ve had for the past several weeks, it’ll be good to get things settled down.”

Some Senate Republicans also appear to be showing at least some concern for how Trump’s continued crusade could hamper Biden’s ability to govern—even as they continue to kneecap Biden’s legitimacy.

“It’s especially important that we have an orderly transition, if there’s going to be one, because of the pandemic and the distribution of the vaccine,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the retiring chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “We don’t need to lose one hour or one day in that distribution.”

If there’s going to be one. What a profile in courage there from a GOP senator who won’t even be around to feel Trump’s wrath.

But behold, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas dared to question the legal maneuvering of his state’s own indicted attorney general, who initiated a laughable but dangerous lawsuit seeking to regulate how several other states conduct their elections.

“I read just a summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory,” Cornyn said. “Number 1, why would a state—even such a great state as Texas—have a say-so on how other states administer their elections?”

Romney, who has been Trump’s harshest critic in the Senate GOP caucus, called the lawsuit “simply madness,” adding that it was “dangerous and destructive of the cause of democracy.”

And then there’re the Republican senators who think they’re running for president while continuing to trash the representative democracy they apparently seek to govern.

“That’s a significant challenge,” said Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri of the fascist lawsuit. “I’d like to see how that plays out.”

So presidential.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Republican Senators are just a squad of spineless, mindless “yes sayers” to every word Moscow Mitch tells them. There is no place in our government for such stupid babies.

  2. I have more respect for the Trumper redneck who said he hoped Trump would be elected but would be fine if Biden was elected as long as I know my vote counted. If everything is going to be changed again I would rather not vote at all!

  3. I’m always amazed at people in politics who think they can kill the opposition to which they are joined at critical internal organs… some conjoined twins simply can’t be separated. And thinking you can kill your twin, while still attached and not have that be a full on Kamikaze mission, is at least ill informed and more than a little disturbing.

    That has put the Senate in an interesting place. Donald has been the political gift that just keeps giving. He’s also been a political “Shit show in a dumpster fire” (thank you George Conway for that perfect encapsulation), and the Reps know it. Add to that nearly burning down the country on 12 separate fronts, I believe the Reps have quietly talked amongst themselves, and decided Donald isn’t just expendable, he’s gleefully ejectable. As good as the gifts are he’s just comes at too high a price.

    I have an odd feeling that Reps over the next few months will look to distance themselves from Donny and even aid and abet his self immolation, so they won’t be hamstrung by his dictatorial inclinations. Of course they’ll crow he’s the victim of a political hatchet job by the Dems, all the while stabbing him in the back with alacrity and real joy.

    There are a few Republican despots like Cruz, who will attempt to take his place, I’m hoping to paraphrase Mr. Miagi from Karate Kid… “He get Squash like grape!”

  4. It will be a longtime, if ever, before this nation recovers from this post election madness! It is inconceivable that the GOP Reps and Sens are still reluctantly saying Biden won or even worse trying to overturn it. Last time I checked, Hilary Clinton conceded immediately after what had to have been a crushing loss for her! There was no talk of voter fraud; although, the Russians and others interfered with her campaign. Her margins of loss were smaller in the swing states than Trump’s except GA. The GOP has become as petty and vindictive and, yes, dangerous as their Leader. I’m so SICK OF IT ALL. It brings me to tears of anger and sadness. ????????

  5. This is madness as Mitt Romney states. There can only be one underlying reason to push this extreme fantasy that trump can overturn the Biden electoral win.
    DJT is shit scared of his future litigations. He knows he’s going down, his lawyers know he’s going down, his family knows they may ALL go down.
    It’s either a coup or jail, and the pig-in-a-suite can’t suffer that humiliation.
    It’s scorched earth time unless the rest of the GOP stop enabling this psychopath.

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