After a long month of state vote certifications and President Donald Trump's rhetorical and legal assaults on the integrity of the 2020 election, it finally came to an end. This past Monday, the Electoral College convened to cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States.
Now, there is no way around it for the Republican Party that has largely refused to acknowledge President Trump's loss. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President and Vice President elect.
After this clear and decisive moment, more Republican leaders finally began to congratulate the President-elect on his victory, including Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
On the floor of the Senate, McConnell stated:
"I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden."
He went on:
"Many of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result."
"But our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20."
"The Electoral College has spoken."
Needless to say, many in the MAGAverse were unhappy Senator McConnell acknowledged Biden as the President-elect.
Heads up #MAGA #MAGA2020 Twitter. Mitch McConnell, in his caucus call, pressured all GOP Senators to NOT challenge… https://t.co/0gXOd99A5v— Eric Schmeltzer 🇺🇸 (@Eric Schmeltzer 🇺🇸) 1608058752.0
After the Republican Party hitched their wagon to Trump—and fanned his baseless conspiracy theories and other assorted lies—now they are reaping what they sowed: an intra-party Civil War of sorts with Republican against Republican.
On one side are the party faithful who put the GOP before any one man. On the other side are the MAGA minions whose allegiance is to Trump above all else.
Not only is this affecting Mitch McConnell, but it is placing his Senate majority at risk.
@JustSchmeltzer @panny2112 YES GEORGIA!! MOSCOW MITCH HAS TURNT HIS BACK ON YOU! TIME TO RETURN THE FAVOR!!!!— Fakakta South (@Fakakta South) 1608059122.0
RINO McConnell reveals his true self as undercover Deep State operative time for all patriots to defend President T… https://t.co/RFNIYKyQYc— Gabriel Pirlo 🇺🇸🇵🇱🇮🇹🏴 (@Gabriel Pirlo 🇺🇸🇵🇱🇮🇹🏴) 1608046816.0
@ABC DESTROY THE GOP AND ALL #RINO SENATORS LIKE MCCONNELL! #MAGA BOYCOTT GEORGIA!— The public wants results, not bipartisanship. (@The public wants results, not bipartisanship.) 1608046625.0
How serious this problem is for the GOP remains to be seen. But the Georgia runoffs on January 5 will be the first test.