Sen. Susan Collins became the third GOP senator to acknowledge President-elect Biden’s 2020 election victory Monday.
In a statement, Collins (R-Maine) congratulated the former vice president on his win over the weekend while expressing understanding for President Trump’s desire to take his election fight to the courts.
“First, I would offer my congratulations to President-elect Biden on his apparent victory – he loves this country, and I wish him every success,” the Maine Republican said, “Presidential transitions are important, and the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20th.”
“I understand that the President and others have questions about the results in certain states,” Collins continued, referencing President Trump pressing forward with lawsuits contesting some tallies.
“There is a process in place to challenge those results and, consistent with that process, the President should be afforded the opportunity to do so.”
Collins went on to remark that she understood that Americans were “eager to have certainty right now,” but cautioned that all should embrace patience.
“While we have a clear direction, we should continue to respect that process. I urge people to be patient. The process has not failed our country in more than 200 years, and it is not going to fail our country this year,” her statement closed.
Besides Collins, two other Republican senators have come out acknowledging Biden’s victory. Those two were Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 White House race on Saturday after clinching the must-win state of Pennsylvania, even though ballots are still being counted. He has since claimed victory and begun building out his transition team, but Trump has refused to concede the race.
Instead, Trump continues to vow to fight the election outcome in court.
On Sunday, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he intends to file up to 10 lawsuits alleging election fraud.
Speaking to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” the former NYC mayor Giuliani argued, “At this point, it would be wrong for him to concede.”
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