Republican Senator Calls on Trump to Cooperate with 'Biden Transition'
Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey says president should submit to media's wishes
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is calling on President Donald Trump to start cooperating with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's "transition team," despite the winner still not being confirmed.
Toomey appears to believe that the laws of the constitutional republic that were set out by the Founding Fathers should be abandoned because the media and Democrats say so.
"We're on a path it looks likely Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States," Toomey said during an interview with Pittsburgh's Action News 4.
"It's not 100% certain but it is quite likely.
"So I think a transition process ought to begin," he added.
The call makes Toomey one of the few sitting GOP lawmakers to recklessly declare Biden as the winner of the election.
Fox News and other media organizations believe that their projections that Biden would defeat the incumbent Trump can somehow decide the results in the presidential election.
However, with the election far from over, Trump has refused to concede.
Instead, his campaign is pressing forward with a series of legal challenges against the voting results.
So far, Republicans and the president's allies have stood by him.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, said that Trump is "within his rights" to challenge the outcome, and criticized Democrats for expecting the president to concede.
“President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” McConnell said.
“Let’s not have any lectures about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.”
Toomey joined just a handful of anti-Trump Republicans, including Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, and Maine Sen. Susan Collins, in claiming that Biden is the likely "winner" of the election.
Because the General Services Administration administrator, Emily Murphy, has yet to sign a key document needed to begin the transition, the Biden team is hanging in limbo without access to federal money for salaries, consultants, and travel.
Biden's team has indicated they're considering legal action against the agency.
"And you know, if it turns out that the unlikely scenario actually comes about and it turns out President Trump is determined to have won this election after all, then the transition, of course, becomes moot, and it expires and it evaporates," Toomey said.
"But I think that's not the likely outcome, so I think it should begin."
Toomey, who's poised to become chairman of the Senate Banking Committee if Republicans maintain control of the chamber, announced at the beginning of October that he intended to retire at the end of 2022 and does not intend to seek higher office.