USA TODAY’s coverage of the 2020 election and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as he rolls out more of his picks for top jobs in his administration and the final states certify their vote counts before the Electoral College ballots are officially cast on Dec. 14.
President Donald Trump has cleared the way for Biden’s team to use federal resources and get briefings during the transition, although Trump has yet to formally concede the race.
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Just 26 GOP members of Congress acknowledge Biden win in survey
Only 26 congressional Republicans out of the 249 total on Capitol Hill acknowledge that former Vice President Joe Biden won the 2020 Election over President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post survey released Friday.
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, one of the few Republicans to recognize Biden’s win, told the Washington Post in a statement that “it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the president-elect, my hope is that President Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed.”
GOP Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar of Arizona baselessly said Trump won the election while the other 222 members of Congress didn’t give an answer, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas.
The survey also asked if they support or oppose Trump’s claims to have won the election. Nine Republicans said that they opposed the president’s efforts, while eight said they support them and the rest gave no answer. Graham, Cruz and Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee were among the Republicans who said they support Trump’s efforts.
Thirty congressional Republicans told the Post that they’ll accept Biden’s presidency if he wins the majority in the Electoral College while Brooks and Gosar were the only ones who said they would not.
Gosar told the Post that he would “never” accept the election results even if Biden received the majority of electoral college votes, falsely claiming that there is “too much evidence of fraud.”
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
Jim Jodan suggests Fauci will stop people from saying ‘Merry Christmas’
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio faced backlash on Twitter Friday after criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a tweet.
“Dr. Fauci says Americans should ‘avoid travel’ over the holidays. What will he cancel next? Saying Merry Christmas?” Jordan tweeted.
This comes after Fauci told NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell on Thursday that Americans should “seriously consider the things that we in the public health arena have been talking about of minimizing travel to the extent possible. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary, but to the extent possible, don’t travel, don’t congregate together.”
Fauci also warned of a surge on top of a surge due to Thanksgiving travel, which he told Mitchell we’re likely to see effects in about two weeks.
Both Fauci’s interview and Jordan’s tweet came after the U.S. set new coronavirus records this week daily deaths, news infections and hospitalizations.
This is not the first time Jordan has been critical of Fauci. During a congressional hearing on the coronavirus in July, Jordan asked Fauci if the protests occurring at the time were a public health risk. He asked why protests were allowed but gyms and churches were closed.
Fauci told Jordan that he didn’t “understand what you’re asking (of) me as a public official to opine on who should get arrested. That’s not my position.”
Fauci told the Ohio representative that any crowd, protest or not, without masks is a public health risk.
– Sarah Elbeshbishi
Trump prepares to head to Georgia for Senate runoff rally
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to fly to Valdosta, Georgia, on Saturday for a 7 p.m. EST rally in support of incumbent GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of their runoff election against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
Efforts to get Georgia Republicans to turn out and vote in the Jan. 5 runoff have been complicated by Trump’s baseless insistence that the election was “rigged” against him despite two recounts that confirmed Biden’s victory and Attorney General William Barr’s statement that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Some Republicans fear that by casting doubt on the integrity of Georgia’s Nov. 3 election, Trump could discourage GOP voters from heading to the polls for Loeffler and Perdue.
– William Cummings