2020 US Election: High-ranking Republican Mitch McConnell accepts Joe Biden as President-elect of the United States under Donald Trump | American News

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The Senate Majority Leader congratulated Joe Biden on becoming President-elect of the United States – a blow to Donald Trump.

Senior Republican Mitch McConnell said the Electoral College – a group of people who voted to formally confirm the outcome of last month’s election – “had spoken.”

“Many of us had hoped that the presidential election would give a different result,” he admitted on Tuesday.

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Joe Biden to be sworn in on January 20

“But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. ”

Mr McConnell described Democrat Mr Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama and also a former senator himself, as someone “who devoted himself to public service for many years”.

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He also congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, saying that “all Americans can be proud that our nation has a Vice President elected for the very first time.”

Before these remarks, he praised Mr. Trump’s “endless” accomplishments over the past four years.

US President Donald Trump looks on after taking stock of "Opération Warp Speed" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020 (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)
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Donald Trump still refuses to accept that he lost the election

The admission marks a crucial abandonment by one of the most important figures in the GOP of the position of the outgoing president, which is to refuse to accept the election result.

Mr Trump has claimed – without evidence that has withstood legal scrutiny – that the vote was rigged against him.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt, chairman of the inaugural committee, also said on Tuesday that the panel “will deal with” Mr. Biden “as president-elect.”

Last week, Republicans on the same committee refused to do so publicly.

Mr. Trump will become the first single-term president since 1992, when he leaves the Oval Office next month.

He will be replaced by Mr Biden, after the Democratic challenger succeeds in flipping major red states to blue – like Arizona, Georgia and Nevada.

His Pennsylvania win four days after the polls closed gave him enough Electoral College votes to push him through the middle line, and he ultimately collected 306 to 232 for Mr. Trump.

Mr Biden’s inauguration ceremony will be very different from the usual ceremonies used to induct new presidents, given the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee that organized it said it wanted to make sure it “honors and resembles American sacred traditions while protecting Americans and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

“Rigorous health and safety protocols” will be followed and “the footprint of the ceremony will be extremely limited, and the parade that will follow will be redesigned,” they said.

U.S. residents are also urged not to travel to attend the ceremony at the Capitol in Washington DC and instead watch from home.

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