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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heatedly criticized Democrats in congress for their reaction to conservative's skepticism of the 2020 presidential election. A presumed confidence in the election and an expectation for the immediate acceptance of its results is, in McConnell's view, a matter of hypocrisy.
McConnell pointed out that Democrats have spent the last four years questioning the validity of the presidential election that put Trump in office—even in going so far as to blame Russian involvement for the President's victory in 2016.
Now that a number of conservative voices—including legal challenges from the Trump campaign—have expressed concerns about the legitimacy of the vote, McConnell says Democrats don't have a leg to stand on if they're going to try to criticize that concern.
"Let's not have any lecture about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept the preliminary election results from the same characters who spend four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election and who insinuated this election would be illegitimate too," McConnell said.
Recounts have been requested by the Trump campaign in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. These recounts have been largely criticized by leftward political figures as illegitimate attempts by Donald Trump to hang on to the presidency.
The Kentucky senator debunked Democratic claims that Donald Trump's legal challenge to some voting results were a threat to the integrity of the election process.
"A few legal inquiries from the President do not exactly spell the end of the republic," McConnell said. "We will wake up on January 21 still blessed to live in the greatest nation the world has ever seen. And in no small part that is because we respect the rule of law, we trust our institutions and neither of those things is outweighed by partisans or the press."
The official results of the presidential election will be declared by Congress in January after recounts have been conducted.