Republican US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that US President Donald Trump is "within his rights" to challenge the election results, declaring Joe Biden the winner, through the courts. "President Trump is 100% within his rights to look at the allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "I believe the president may have legal challenges under way in at least five states," he added. The remarks were his first public comments since Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election. Trump’s allies have been reluctant to congratulate Biden or call on the current president to accept the outcome. Trump has declined to concede the presidential race and has launched legal fights, but there has been no evidence of voter irregularities or far-reaching fraud in the election.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, however, said the Republicans’ refusal to stand by the election results is "extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous to our democracy." He added that the lawsuits must be based in evidence and facts. "Joe Biden won the election fair and square," Schumer said.
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