The growing list of Republicans who acknowledge Biden won

CAP Action
14 min readNov 10, 2020


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President-elect Joe Biden secured 74 more electoral votes and over 6 million more total votes — a margin that’s larger than the population of 29 states — than President Trump in a presidential election that was not close. While President Trump is delaying the inevitable, lobbing lawsuit after lawsuit at the wall — none of which have succeeded — with the unrealistic hope that it will be the fairy dust to overturn the will of the people, an increasing number of conservatives are acknowledging his defeat.

Below is a running list of Republicans in Congress, conservative commentators, and former GOP elected officials, and notable world leaders who have embraced reality:


  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE): “Melissa and I congratulate the next president, Joe Biden, and the next vice president, Kamala Harris. Today in our house we pray for both President Trump and President-Elect Biden, that both would be wise in the execution of their respective duties during this important time in our nation.”
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT): “Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. 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.”
  • Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT): “He [Trump] is wrong to say the election was rigged, corrupt, and stolen — doing so damages the cause of freedom here and around the world… and recklessly inflames destructive and dangerous passions.”
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R, AK):I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and will be ready to work with their administration when it takes office. While 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.”
  • Sen Susan Collins (R-ME): “First, I would offer my congratulations to President-elect Biden on his apparent victory — he loves this country, and I wish him every success. Presidential transitions are important, and the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern on January 20th.”
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): “I am not aware of any significant level of fraud that’s going on. Nobody has brought anything to my attention that causes me to say there is.”
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): “We’re on a path it looks likely Joe Biden is going to be the next president…I think a transition process ought to begin.”
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK): “There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that…if Joe Biden is elected, which it looks like he is.”
  • Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD): “Well, with regard to the transition itself — I think they should be able to work out any issue between them, to allow certain parts of it to move forward.”
  • Rounds: “We have to assume right now, based upon the current electoral count, that we are getting closer to the point where the facts on the ground will bear that out… Right now, it looks like it will be President Biden. We understand that.”
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): “I don’t think allowing the GSA to move forward on some of the transition work prejudices in any way any of the legal claims the president intends to make.”
  • Rubio: In response to a question Rubio referred to Biden as the President-elect and followed it up saying, “that’s what the results, the preliminary results, seem to indicate, and we certainly have to anticipate that that’s the highest likelihood at this point.”
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): “I have every confidence on Jan. 20 we’re going to inaugurate a president. And it will probably be Joe Biden.”
  • Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND): “It grows increasingly unlikely that a remedy would involve overturning the election…Vice President Biden ought to be getting briefings and the transition ought to be in the works so that there’s an infrastructure for that. And if he ends up winning, as it seems likely he will, that he won’t have to get caught up on one day in January.”
  • Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID): “This is my second transition where we move from one political party to another in the White House…After an election where you transition from one party to another, it is an entirely different feeling or dynamic. It is a change in the music that is playing in the background. We go from heavy metal to classical music in one fell swoop. The cadence changes dramatically, and we’re in the process of that right now.”
  • Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV): “Sure,” Capito replied when asked if she considers Biden “president-elect.”


  • Rep. Denver Riggelman (R, VA): “There’s no sharpiegate, there’s no watermarks, there’s no ballots being burned… We gotta stop this conspiratorial thinking… it’s just out of control…in two months we’re going to have a new president and I think that’s a fact.”
  • Riggelman: “Christine and I extend congratulations and well wishes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We should all work to together in the spirit of helping America as those in ‘loyal opposition’… not hate. And a special congratulations to Kamala Harris as the first woman VP.”
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI):We have to find a way to come together, bridge divisions, and focus on solutions that help the millions who are struggling. 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.”
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL): “The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that.”
  • Kinzinger: “To deny President-elect Biden the opportunity to begin the transition… I think does long-term damage.”
  • Rep. Don Young (R, AK): “It’s time to put the election behind us…I wish the President-elect well in what will no doubt be the most challenging chapter of his political career.”
  • Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI): “Our nation demands that its political leaders accept both wins and losses with grace and maturity. Let the voters decide.”
  • Mitchell: “The Republican Party has been broken into a couple different pieces,” said retiring Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), who has publicly pleaded with his party to recognize Biden’s victory. “I don’t know how much longer [the GOP will stand by Trump] … but it’s destructive.”
  • Rep. Will Hurd (TX): “A sitting president undermining our political process & questioning the legality of the voices of countless Americans without evidence is not only dangerous & wrong, it undermines the very foundation this nation was built upon. Every American should have his or her vote counted.”
  • Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY): “To ensure the integrity of our electoral process, we must continue to transparently count and certify all of the American people’s votes to its complete conclusion. However, out of respect and in deference to the moment, I extend my congratulations to President-elect Biden. We are ready to come together, work as one and help all Americans through the difficult times ahead. This will require all of us to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
  • Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.): “Congratulations to Pres-elect Biden on a successful campaign. All Americans need to come together to support Pres-elect Biden. Our nation will only be successful if the new admin is. We must work together to enact bipartisan legislation & solve the problems our country faces. that is how our system of government works. We have more that unite us than divide us, and now that the heat of battle has drawn to a close we must come together for the betterment of all our citizens.
  • Rep. Don Bacon (R NE): “the handwriting is on the wall that Joe Biden has been elected as the next President,” adding that while Trump has “the right to challenge the results” he will “implore the President to take the high road once appeals are exhausted.”
  • Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL): “Even though I supported his opponent, I wish President-elect Joe Biden well… I also congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the first woman to ascend to the second highest office in the land.”
  • Rep. John Curtis (R-UT): “First, President Trump should be entitled to every legal opportunity to make his case. Second, until a judicial decision determines wrongdoing, Joe Biden should be acknowledged as the President-Elect. Given the opportunity to address Joe Biden, I would tell him that I will take him at his word that he will be a unifier and a president to all, including those of us that did not vote for him — I stand ready to help.”


  • National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien: “If the Biden Harris ticket is determined to be the winner, and obviously things look that way now … It’ll be a professional transition, there’s no question about it."
  • Director of the United States Economic Council Lawrence Kudlow: “This is the greatest democracy in the world, and we abide by the rule of law, and so will this president…I think there will be a peaceful transfer of power.”
  • Former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney: “Look, I guess this is what it comes down to on allegations of fraud, which is that, sooner or later, you’re going to have to put up or shut up.”
  • Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ): “If you’re gonna say those things from behind the podium at the White House — it’s his right to do it, it’s his right to pursue legal action — but show us the evidence,” the Republican presidential adviser said on an ABC News roundtable Thursday night — after Trump claimed at an earlier press conference that he had “so much proof’’ of ballot fraud favoring Democratic foe Joe Biden.“We’ve heard nothing today about any evidence,’’ Christie said. “I want to know what backs up what [Trump] said.’”
  • Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton: “[Those were] some of the most irresponsible comments that a President of the United States has ever made,” referring to Trump’s press conference. “It’s a disgrace.”
  • Stephen Moore, Trump 2020 surrogate and outside economic adviser: “It is what it is…It’s very depressing to me.”


  • Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR): “I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.”
  • Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH): “Joe Biden is the president-elect.”
  • Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH): “Every vote has to be counted. We as a country accept election results. We believe in counting all the votes.”
  • Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH): “I congratulate Vice President Biden,”
  • Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD): “America is counting the votes, and we must respect the results as we always have before. No election or person is more important than our Democracy”
  • Governor-Elect Spencer Cox (R-UT): “[E]lections are the foundation of our country…[we] must be patient while every legal vote is counted, accept the results and move forward together.”
  • Governor Phil Scott (R-VT): “I want to congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris. I also want to recognize this historic moment as we see the first ever woman, and the first ever person of color, reach the U.S. vice presidency. It is my greatest hope they will be successful in uniting our country and leading us forward through these difficult times.”
  • Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA): “I can’t think of a worse time to stall a transition than amid a deadly pandemic.”


  • Former President George W Bush: “I just talked to the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night. I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency. Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”
  • Charles Koch: “I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory. I look forward to finding ways to work with them to break down the barriers holding people back, whether in the economy, criminal justice, immigration, the Covid-19 pandemic, or anywhere else. At the same time, I hope we all use this post-election period to find a better way forward. Because of partisanship, we’ve come to expect too much of politics and too little of ourselves and one another.”
  • Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove: “…[S]tealing hundreds of thousands of votes would require a conspiracy on the scale of a James Bond movie. That isn’t going to happen.”
  • Rove: “The president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”
  • Conservative Media Personality Ben Shapiro: “No, Trump has not already won the election, and it is deeply irresponsible for him to say he has.”
  • Grover Norquist: “The strength of the Republican Party at the congressional level is the under-appreciated reveal of this election. Biden Winning the presidency will be seen as a Pyrrhic victory.”
  • Rush Limbaugh: “The guy that won that did not have any kind of massive pro-support. He was just the vessel. He was just the recipient whatever anti-Trump sentiment there was. He can tell himself all along he’s been elected president, because he has, but…there should have been away to counter that as part of the campaign. But you’ll notice that the Republicans and the Democrats never once tried to properly categorized the Biden support but it’s a moot point now.”
  • Limbaugh walked back comments referring to Biden as the winner.
  • Frank Luntz: “Elections are decided by votes, not boats.”
  • Hugh Hewitt: “A week later as Tuesday AM dawns @POTUS trails @POTUS-elect by 12,337 in GA; 14,746 in Arizona; 36,186 in Nevada, and 45,296 in PA. @realDonaldTrump lawyers have presented some evidence of hundreds of questionable votes but not remotely enough to win 1 much less 3 of these states.”
  • Erick Erickson:If you really believe election machines were hacked with something called Hammer and Scorecard and that’s how Biden win (sic), please unfollow me. I have enough dumbasses following me already.”
  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA): “For the President to go out there and claim [fraud] without any evidence of that is dangerous …no Republican elected official will stand behind that statement”
  • Former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker: “I congratulate President-elect Biden and wish him well as he organizes to lead our country. After 2016 and 2020, surely our country can improve our election system where results are beyond question — and beyond demagoguery from either side of the aisle.”
  • Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush: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 Vice President Dan Quayle: “Unfortunately, we were the last incumbent president to lose, and it’s not easy,” he said. “But we’ve had enough time to look at what’s going on, there have been a lot of allegations they continue to investigate, but from my viewpoint I don’t think there’s any systemic fraud.” He added: “It’s time to move on, and therefore I hope that there’s some sort of announcement from the White House sooner rather than later.”
  • Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA): “President’s Trump’s White House statement [Wednesday] about voter fraud in PA was simply reprehensible. Truth is he suppressed his own vote by discouraging mail in voting. Self inflicted damage and political malpractice.”
  • Ted Olson, successfully argued for then-candidate George W. Bush in the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore: “The Framers, they separated the powers because they knew that individuals would be flawed. They put in lots of checks, and we just experienced one, the election. To the extent that the citizens of this country did not like the manner in which President Trump spoke, or the manner in which he threatened people or the manner in which he executed the laws, they exercised their franchise. And we have — I do believe the election is over — we do have a new president.”
  • Mike DuHaime, Former 2008 Campaign Manager for Rudy Guiliani: “Republicans who understand the mechanics of elections must push back on this misleading storyline. It’s not okay to give false hope to or create unjust anger among Trump supporters pretending the race was stolen. It wasn’t. Those who know better should say it.”
  • The Washington Examiner: “It’s time for Trump to concede and move on.”


  • Israel prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: “Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel. I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the U.S. and Israel.”
  • Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: “Congratulating Mr. Joseph Biden on his victory in the Presidential elections in the United States of America.”
  • Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “I reiterate our determination to work closely with the U.S. Administration in this direction in the upcoming period, and I believe that the strong cooperation and alliance between our countries will continue to contribute to world peace in the future as it has been until today.”
  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. The U.S. is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”
  • French President Emmanuel Macron: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “I look forward to working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: called Biden’s win a “pathbreaking” victory. “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:Congratulations to @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris! #Ukraine is optimistic about the future of the strategic partnership with the #UnitedStates. [Flag of Ukraine] and [flag of United States] have always collaborated on security, trade, investment, democracy, fight against corruption. Our friendship becomes only stronger!”
  • The Dalai Lama: “’d like to offer my hearty congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the next President of the United States of America. Humanity places great hope in the democratic vision of the U.S. as leader of the free world.”
  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan: said he looked forward to working with Biden “to end illegal tax havens & stealth of nation’s wealth by corrupt ldrs. We will also continue to work with US for peace in Afghanistan & in the region.”
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa: “We look forward to working with you and deepening our bonds of friendship and cooperation.”
  • Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin: “Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
  • Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte: “We are ready to work with the President-elect @JoeBiden to make the transatlantic relationship stronger. The US can count on Italy as a solid Ally and a strategic partner.”
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in: “Our alliance is strong and the bond between our two countries is rock-solid. I very much look forward to working with you for our shared values.”
  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga: “I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the Japan-US Alliance and ensure peace, freedom, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.



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