A Republican official in Georgia on Monday urged President Trump to respect the results of the electoral college and to admit if he did not get the required votes. Later on the day, the electoral college confirmed President-elect Biden’s victory.
“Our Founding Fathers did not enter the electoral system for nothing. The Electoral College votes and they are the ones who decide who will be the president of the United States,” Jason Shepherd, chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party, told Elaine Quijano. anchor of “Red & Blue” on CBSN.
“Ultimately, it is the voters who will make the decision. If they elect Joe Biden, then Joe Biden will be the president, and then it is time for Donald Trump to give in to these elections,” he said.
Mr Trump has claimed without evidence that there was massive fraud in the November election and refused to admit it. The president and his allies have failed to challenge Mr. Biden’s victory in court.
Trump voters were divided a new CBS News / YouGov poll on whether Trump should give in after the Electoral College vote. The poll found that only 18% of Trump voters thought Mr. Biden was the legitimate winner of the November election, but 98% of Trump voters thought Republicans were the legitimate winners of the seats in the House and the Senate they had won.
Shepherd encouraged Republican voters not to sit out in the January 5 run-off that determines control of the Senate. Cobb County has more than half a million voters. The historically conservative county voted Hillary Clinton in 2016; Mr. Biden increased the margin in 2020 by winning 56% of the votes.
“The best thing to do if you don’t trust the system is to get out and vote. Test the system,” he told voters. “If an election is stolen by any form of voter fraud, it will only be elections that are very, very close.”
After the electoral college confirmed Mr. Biden’s victory, a number of prominent Senate Republicans arrived also recognized the race was over. GOP Senator Mike Braun of Indiana said that “today is a watershed moment where we must put politics aside and respect the constitutional process that determines the winner of our presidential election,” and GOP Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said the vote of the Electoral College makes clear. that Joe Biden is now president-elect. “