Despite Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, some Republicans have congratulated Biden.
President Donald Trump threatened to take his case up to the Supreme Court in a race to hold on to power beyond January 2021.
While top Republicans in Congress have not urged him to concede defeat or congratulated Biden for his victory, some members of the party wished the democrat well.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the only Republican to vote in favor of Trump’s removal from office during his impeachment trial, described Biden and his vice, Senator Kamala Harris, “as people of good will and admirable character.”
“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Romney, who lost to former President Barack Obama in 2012, tweeted.
“We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who has often disagreed with Trump publicly, urged Americans to come together as he congratulated Biden.
“Congratulations to President-elect Biden. Everyone should want our president to succeed because we need our country to succeed,” the Republican tweeted.
“We have great challenges ahead of us as a country. Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans.”
Republican Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan, who had previously publicly broken with Trump, committed to working alongside the Democratic administration.
“We have to find a way to come together, bridge divisions, and focus on solutions that help the millions who are struggling,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I am raising my hand and committing to working with President-elect Biden and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress to do exactly that.”
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tweeted, “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.”
Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican Biden ally who crossed party lines to endorse the former vice president, also congratulated him on his victory.
“Congratulations, President-Elect @JoeBiden,” he tweeted alongside a video. “I know you will do as you promised and be a president for the whole country.”
In a statement after Biden’s victory speech on Saturday night, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska congratulated the Democrat.
“Tonight, he declared victory and pledged to be a president who represents all Americans,” the Republican said.
“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and will be ready to work with their administration when it takes office.
“We may not always agree, I will work with them to do what is right for Alaska—just as I will continue to emphasize collaboration and bipartisanship with my colleagues in a narrowly divided Senate.”