On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden discussed his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election.
“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” said Biden, “The only that that, how can I say this tactfully, I think it will not help the president’s legacy. At the end of the day, you know, it’s all going to come to fruition on January 20.”
While Trump has been resisting the fate he’s expected to face when he has to leave office on January 20, Biden has been congratulated on his election by multiple world leaders. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all spoke with Biden on Tuesday.
Biden, who ran on a platform of unity in a country that has recently been extremely divided, said that he had wanted to let other countries know that “America is back… in the game.”
Trump, along with most Republicans, have not acknowledged Biden’s victory. Trump has been sounding off on Twitter, stating that the election contained a “massive ballot counting abuse,” and has been pursuing legal action to demand a recount.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) stated that Trump is “100 percent within rights to look into election irregularities” due to the closeness of election results in key battleground states. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) said that Trump might “not have been defeated at all.”
However, while there are some Republicans have spoken about Trump’s loss to Biden, most have continued to remain quiet.