Senior Republicans urged supporters of Donald Trump to accept the presidential election results ahead of Monday’s electoral college vote.
Voters in all 50 state capitals and the District of Columbia are expected to confirm Joe Biden as the next US president after the Rejection by the Supreme Court Friday of one of Mr. Trump’s last legal challenges to the outcome.
But with the outgoing president refusing to concede the Nov. 3 election, many Mr. Trump supporters continue to believe it was rigged, despite a lack of evidence.
Republican senators on Sunday called on their voters to unite, urging them to return their watch out for Georgia, where his two seats in the US Senate are both up for grabs in the second round of elections to be held in January. The race will determine which party controls the US Senate.
Bill Cassidy, a Republican senator from Louisiana, told CNN news channel: “If we are a nation of laws and it’s the constitution and it’s the law. . . then Biden will be our next president.
He added: “I noted yesterday that the people who said they supported President Trump in Washington were talking about demolishing the Republican Party. Others said they defeated our two senatorial candidates in Georgia.
“Our nation, our conservative movement, our party, cannot stand if it is divided against itself. So at some point we have to come together for all of these reasons.
Meanwhile, Lamar Alexander, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, told NBC television: “The courts have resolved the differences. It looks like voters will vote for Joe Biden.
He added: “The most important thing for our country, as George Washington said when it was founded, is not the first election, but the second election – the orderly transfer of power. I think anything that undermines that is not good for our democracy. “
The two senators spoke the next day pro-Trump protesters clashed with police and counter-protesters in Washington, resulting in four people being sent to hospital with stab wounds.
Mr. Trump hailed the protests earlier on Saturday, Tweeter: “Awesome! Thousands of people are forming in Washington (DC) for Stop the Steal. I didn’t know about it, but I’ll see them! #MAGA.”
And he continued to denounce the election result on Sunday, Tweeter that it was “the most corrupt election in US history.”
Senior Republicans fear that the incumbent president’s fight against the election results could hurt his efforts in Georgia.
Mr Trump notably insulted Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia, who has been a staunch ally of the outgoing president, but incurred his anger by resisting his calls to overturn the state’s presidential election result .
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump also renewed a separate fight with Senate Republicans, threatening once again Sunday to veto a $ 740 billion defense bill that authorized Congress last week. The bill enjoys the support of two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, meaning they could overturn its veto if imposed.