Mitch McConnell, the senior Republican in the US Senate, congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on winning the election Monday, the day after their victory was confirmed by an electoral college election.
McConnell, who heads the Republican-controlled Senate as the majority leader, is the first elected Republican Party official to recognize Biden’s election as president, signaling a break with President Donald Trump, who has refused to accept his defeat.
“The electoral college has spoken. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, “said McConnell on the floor of the Senate, congratulating Harris, adding,” Despite our differences, all Americans can be proud that our nation has a female vice president. elected President-elect for the first time. “
Only a handful of Republicans have recognized Biden’s victory so as not to anger the president, including Senator Mitt Romney. Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the Democratically controlled House of Representatives, has still not congratulated Biden.
In a speech after the Electoral College victory, Biden had shown impatience for the first time with Trump and his Republican allies’ refusal to accept the election result, and beaten them for an “attack on democracy” for their efforts to win the election discard, had started.