(CNN) –– A growing number of veteran Republican lawmakers reject President Donald Trump’s tactics to reverse the election results that show he lost the race, expressing concerns that they could damage the United States’ response to the coronavirus crisis and undermine a key pillar of the democracy.
In recent days, more Republicans have spoken out, even as party leaders and a large majority of those in Congress continue to back Trump’s efforts to challenge the results.
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, all longtime Republicans, have expressed concerns in recent days about the transition of power.
The transition is still delayed
Their requests come as Trump has yet to admit defeat and the General Services Administration has yet to formally acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Due to this situation, Biden does not have access to contacts with federal agencies or funding to carry out government contracting for the new administration. He also does not have access to classified intelligence reports. The delay in the transition has led to national security concerns and the impacts it could have on the incoming Bidenal covid-19 administration’s response, especially in regards to the distribution of a vaccine.
“If there is any chance that Joe Biden is the next president, and it looks like he has a lot of chances, the Trump administration should provide the Biden team with all the necessary transition materials, resources and meetings to ensure a smooth transition for both sides. are ready from day one. That should be especially true, for example, in vaccine distribution, “Alexander wrote in a statement on Friday. The congressman chairs the influential Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Commission. In the letter, the legislator highlighted the impact that the transition could have on the response to the pandemic.
Alexander will retire at the end of his term this year.
‘It’s time to move on,’ says Republican against Trump’s attitude
Similarly, when asked about Trump’s efforts to reverse the election results on Friday, Granger told CNN he has “great concerns about it.” And he added: “I think it’s time to move on.”
Granger, a veteran Republican from Texas, added Friday that Trump should be transparent about the situation.
“I think it’s time for him to really realize and be very clear about what’s going on,” Granger said.
When asked on Thursday if Trump should acknowledge the result, Upton, a longtime Michigan Republican who was targeted by Democrats but won re-election by 16 points, said: “Yes. I think all is said and done.
Upton also ruled out any evidence of voter fraud in his home state.
A week colored by the attempts of the Trump campaign
“No one has seen any actual documentation of any actual fraud,” Upton said when asked about Trump’s allegations of widespread fraud in Detroit. Trump will meet with Republican leaders from the Michigan state legislature at the White House on Friday afternoon. The meeting comes as part of the efforts of the president and his legal team to reverse the results.
Calls for Trump to acknowledge defeat come at the end of a week tainted by attempts by the Trump campaign to reverse the results of the general election, which were blocked by state judges in Arizona, Pennsylvania and a federal judge in Georgia. Additionally, a state audit in Georgia confirmed Biden’s victory in the state.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani held a press conference full of falsehoods and conspiracy theories Thursday at the Republican Committee headquarters. There he laid out a series of legal claims and a plan to file more lawsuits. This sowed more confusion around the election results.
Some Republicans are reconsidering their silence, according to a source
A Republican Senate source told CNN that the combination of Giuliani’s press conference and the president’s meddling in Michigan’s electoral process prompts some Republican senators to reconsider their silence. This source says that most hoped that Trump’s tirade had already resolved itself. Yet your actions in the past 24 hours make that hope seem increasingly distant.
According to the same source, a handful of Republican senators are talking about whether and how to intervene in a way that is more effective with the president. There are talks about the possibility of speaking with Trump and imploring him to stand down promoting the victories in the House of Representatives. Also help win the two pending Senate seats in Georgia. And take credit for advances in the coronavirus vaccine, among other achievements.
The source emphasized, however, that this is not a leadership position at the moment, but more of grassroots Republicans.
CNN’s Dana Bash contributed to this report.
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