â€œAmericans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.â€
Even as President Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge his loss in the Nov. 3 presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for their victory.
“The Electoral College has spoken. So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said from the Senate floor Tuesday,Â a day after the Electoral College made the results official,.
Joining a growing number of moderate Republicans who have congratulated the winning Democratic pair, McConnell also recognized Harris’ historic win as the next vice president.
“I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California, Sen. Harris,” McConnell said. “Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”
McConnell made the remarks at the tail end of a speech on the Senate floor acknowledging all of Trump’s accomplishments over the last four years, from new judges to progress building a wall along the Mexico-US border to gains for the military.
“The list of American accomplishments since 2016 is nearly endless,” McConnell said. “It would take far more than one speech to catalogue all the major wins the Trump administration has helped deliver for the American people.â€
â€œThe outsider who swore he would shake up Washington and lead our country to new accomplishments, both at home and abroad proceeded to do exactly that,â€ McConnell said.
McConnell said while millions wished the election would have yielded a different result, â€œour system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January the 20.
â€œThe president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years.â€
He concluded his floor speech saying he looks forward to â€œfinishing out the next 36 days strong with President Trump. Our nation needs us to add another bipartisan chapter to this record of achievement.â€