By Duncan Smith
A small group of Senate Republicans including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have decided to begin addressing Joe Biden as “president-elect,” even though that is a mainstream media designation at this point.
Most GOP senators appear to be refraining from that, however, and that includes one of President Trump’s biggest allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Graham said that the Trump campaign’s repeated claims of voter irregularities and fraud need to be backed up with proof because time is running out.
'Bottom line is you're attacking the voting machines, you have to prove that, you can't just say that. You know, there may be proof, I don't know. But it's kind of time now to show it in a court of law,' Graham said.
'We are at the point now where recounts are going on and it's now time to put it up,' he added.
When asked for a timeline on when it is time to collectively refer to Biden as 'president-elect' — a term several reporters have already begun to embrace — Graham said it should occur 'when Trump concedes or the court cases have been dismissed and the states certified.'
'If there is no concession there is a contest. If there is a contest in court and the party loses, that's the end of the contest. There is no way to overturn an election other than a court of law,' he added.
He’s right in that time is definitely running out; electors meet in their respective state capitals Dec. 14 to certify results, and if the Trump campaign can’t get any state where he lost and is challenging to overturn their results, then it’s game over.
And we’re stuck with Biden for about 10 minutes until Harris & Co. find a way to get rid of him.
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