Former President George W. Bush on Sunday became the most prominent Republican to date to congratulate “President-elect” Joe Biden while former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, longtime ally of President Donald Trump, hinted that there may soon be “move on” from the presidential election efforts.
In a statement, Bush said he called Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Who he called president-elect and vice-president-elect.
“I give my warm congratulations and thank him for the patriotic message he gave last night,” he said and added, “Even though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden is a good man who has won the opportunity to lead and unify. our country. “
On Saturday, Biden is expected to win the presidential election after winning more than 270 Electoral College votes. But Trump has yet to give in to the race, continuing to falsely claim that he won the election while pushing for unfounded claims about voter fraud.
“It is important to tell the president early on that”; If your facility does not admit there is voter fraud, then let us see, “Christie told ABC’s” This week. ” see. Because if you can’t show us, we can’t do this. We can’t back you up blindly without proof. “
“I hope many Republicans go in the direction of saying, it’s not like we don’t support the president, he’s been my friend for 20 years, but friendship doesn’t mean you are blind,” Christie said. added. “Friendship means listening to someone, giving them a chance, and if they don’t give evidence, it’s time to move on.”
Bush said that while Trump “has the right” to pursue the recounts and legal challenges, he appears to show that the efforts will not be successful.
“The American people can be confident that this election is fundamentally fair, its integrity will be maintained, and the outcome is clear,” Bush said.
So far, very few elected Republicans have congratulated Biden on his victory, with people like the Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, among them. Some, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., have gone in the opposite direction, urging Trump on Sunday to “fight hard” and not give in.
Speaking to CNN “State of the Union” on Sunday, Biden’s campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders said the White House has yet to contact Biden and his team about the election. A source close to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said he advised Trump “to pursue his legal measures.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s rate of return in the key revolving states was much greater than the amount previously held statewide recounts that changed the gap.
Mr. Romney told the “State of the Union” on Sunday. “And he has a relatively comfortable relationship with the truth.”
“And so he’s going to keep fighting until the very last minute,” continued Romney, the only Republican senator who voted to impeach Trump in his impeachment hearing. “But I believe that once all the measures have been used up, if those are exhausted in a direction not in his favor, he will accept the inevitable. But don’t expect him. He quietly goes into the night.
Romney also warned Trump to “be careful” about promoting rhetoric questioning the legality of the election.
“People of the past, like me, the losers of elections, went on to say, ‘Look, I know the eyes of the world are on us. our people are looking at the institutions we have. “The eye of history is on us,” Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
On “This Week”, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Reiterated Christie when it was time for the president’s legal team to present evidence of the misconduct.
“Well, what I said on Friday and what Chris Christie said just a few minutes ago on this show is that it’s time for the president’s lawyer to present the truth and then it’s time for those facts to speak for themselves. up, “Blunt said. “It doesn’t seem like any change could be big enough to make a difference, but this is a close election – and we need to admit that.”
Pointing to Biden’s rush-hour speech on Saturday, Blunt said he thinks the former vice president “did a great job last night talking about where the country wants to be.”
“I look forward to seeing both Vice President Biden and President Trump on stage on Inauguration Day, and that will be a strong message, regardless of which of them is sworn in,” Blunt said.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he has not “seen any evidence” of voter fraud, indicating that some of the states Trump is running for are Republicans. onions.
“I don’t think we’ll see anything that could turn this election upside down,” he said, adding, “It’s time to get ahead of the winner in the race. … that the presidential team will do it right to the end. “
Sunday afternoon, retired Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., Tweeted: “Congratulations to President Biden on your successful campaign.”
He continued: “All Americans need to gather to support Biden’s newly elected President. “Our country will only be successful if there are new administrators. We have to work together to enact bipartisan legislation and solve the problems our country faces – that’s how the system is. our government works.We have more to unite us than divide us, and now that the heat of the battle is over, we must move together for the better. of all our citizens. “