Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has issued a new public statement in which she condemns the Trump team’s “pressure campaign” on state legislators and calls for the immediate beginning of the “full and formal transition process.” President Donald Trump and many of his allies have adamantly refused to acknowledge his decisive loss in the recent presidential election; instead, they’ve been baselessly alleging that widespread fraud plagued the process, which there’s zero meaningfully conclusive evidence for. As a solution to their made-up crisis, some Trump allies have floated the anti-democratic possibility of getting state legislatures to dedicate their state’s electoral votes to Trump, no matter which candidate won their state’s popular vote.
Amidst this speculation, Trump himself recently hosted two top Michigan state legislators for a White House meeting under dubious circumstances. Meanwhile, Murkowski says as follows:
‘As states wrap up the 2020 election and certify the results, it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that we respect the integrity of the election process and uphold Americans’ faith in our electoral system. Each state has worked to ensure a free and fair elections process. President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit. A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process. It is time to begin the full and formal transition process.’
Read her statement below:
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) November 22, 2020
The General Services Administration, a federal agency, has so far refused to formally acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect, a decision which has blocked the Biden team from accessing critical government resources that they need to appropriately prepare to take over in late January of next year. At present, there is no remotely reasonable pathway by which Trump could secure a second term in office — Biden has decisively won, and the Trump team has produced no meaningful evidence of supposed fraud that could come even close to overturning enough of the results to hand Trump a win. Heated public statements do not equal evidence.
Murkowski is one of a handful of prominent Republicans who’ve spoken out against Trump’s post-Election tactics — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Neb.) have done the same. Trump hasn’t exactly taken any of their criticism well — although he hasn’t taken questions from reporters in awhile, he’s kept up the pace of his tweeting.
Check out Twitter’s response to Murkowski below: