“Our system will resolve any recurrences or disputes,” he said.
But he also seized the opportunity to set Democrats on fire, saying they had no right to expect Mr. Trump to give in quickly.
“Right now last week, small business owners in cities across America are rolling out their windows in the event that President Trump seems to be winning, and the far left has decided to repeat its riots this summer,” McConnell said. . “Suffice it to say, some legal inquiries by the president do not exactly mark the end of democracy.”
Democrats were outraged. Following Mr. McConnell to the floor, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the leader of the minority, said honestly that “Joe Biden won this election report. He called Mr Trump’s allegations “extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous to our democracy” and warned Republican leaders not to give them oxygen.
“Republican leaders must unequivocally condemn the president’s rhetoric and work to ensure a peaceful transfer of power,” Schumer said.
A group of 30 former Republicans, including former Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Virginia’s Barbara Comstock, Missouri’s Tom Coleman and South Carolina’s Bob Inglis, joined in a letter urging Trump to accept and accept election results.
“We believe that President Trump’s statements that there is election fraud are an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the election and are unacceptable,” the group wrote. “Every vote must be counted and the final result must be accepted by the participants, because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a foundation of our democracy.”
Few elected Republicans have expressed such views, or even offered the traditional recognition of Mr. Biden’s victory, and called on the country to move forward. In her statement Monday, Ms Collins joined a handful of Republicans in the House and only three other Senate Republicans – Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Ben Sasse of Nebraska – made it public.