Trump Calls on McConnell, Other Republicans to ‘Get Tougher’ in Election Battle

Trump Calls on McConnell, Other Republicans to ‘Get Tougher’ in Election Battle
President Donald Trump listens during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Dec. 3, 2020. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
Jack Phillips

President Donald Trump singled out top Republicans in Congress after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election.

Aside from McConnell, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, both Republicans, were targeted by Trump on Twitter.

McConnell “and Republican Senators have to get tougher, or you won’t have a Republican Party anymore,” Trump wrote to McConnell on Friday. “We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let them take it away!”

The Epoch Times has not declared a winner of the presidential election until all legal challenges are completed. Now, Congress is scheduled to count the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.

McConnell, on Tuesday, said Biden is the victor of the presidential contest in the midst of allegations of election fraud and other irregularities.

After McConnell’s floor speech, Trump called on McConnell to keep fighting.

“Mitch, 75,000,000 VOTES, a record for a sitting President (by a lot). Too soon to give up. Republican Party must finally learn to fight. People are angry!” Trump wrote on Twitter to McConnell as he re-tweeted a Daily Mail article that included critical comments about the longtime Kentucky senator.

And on Friday, Trump called on Kemp, a Republican, to again call a special session of the Georgia Legislature.

“Georgia still has not called a Special Session,” Trump wrote to Kemp. “So easy to do, why is he not doing it? It will give us the State. MUST ACT NOW!,” he added.
Kemp’s office told Fox News that “calling a special session of the Georgia General Assembly for the purposes of overturning the November 3rd election would be illegal and unconstitutional.”

It’s unclear what the spokesperson meant, as the U.S. Constitution’s Article II stipulates that Congress and legislatures are responsible for electors: “Each State shall appoint [electors] in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.”

“When Governor Kemp took office in January of 2019, he placed his hand on the Bible and swore an oath to uphold the same laws and constitution of our state and nation which many brave men and women have died to defend. That is exactly what he has done and will continue to do,” the spokesperson said.

The president also said Kemp and Raffensberger, meanwhile, are not allowing Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, to “go through the vital Voter Signature Verification process.” The Epoch Times has reached out to Fulton County for comment.

The office of Raffensberger, a Republican, said earlier this week that Georgia will audit the signatures of Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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