Republican support for the refusal to concede the defeat of outgoing US president Donald Trump registered new cracks on Thursday when several conservative senators believed that the president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden, should receive information from intelligence services.
Those statements were a further sign that Trump’s party knows it has lost the White House, but dare not openly defy the president, in part because it may need your help to retain control of the Senate, whose composition will not be decided until January.
“I think it makes sense [que Biden empiece a recibir información de la inteligencia]”said the number two Republican in the Senate, John Thune, in an interview this Thursday on CNN.
Traditionally, presidents-elect in the United States begin to receive daily reports from intelligence agencies as soon as your victory is confirmed in the elections, something that in Biden’s case happened last Saturday, when it was clear that he would reach the 270 necessary delegates in the Electoral College.
Yet Trump has refused to acknowledge defeat and your government has not certified Biden as president-elect, a necessary step to facilitate the transition and his arrival to power on January 20.
Signs of discomfort
The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has been silent until now about the controversy, as has also done the head of the minority of the party in the Lower House, Kevin McCarthy.
Nonetheless, several Trump allies have begun to show their discomfort with the situation, and their comments on the intelligence were an implicit signal that they know that the president’s efforts to reverse the result will not work.
That choir was joined this Thursday by one of the senators most loyal to Trump, Lindsey Graham, who told CNN that he believes Biden “should” receive these confidential reports.
The most veteran Republican in the Senate also held the same opinion, Chuck Grassley, and the conservative senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins Y James Lankford.
Most senators, however, they still don’t explicitly acknowledge Biden’s victory, Instead, they allege that the two election candidates “have to have access to information, because it is not known who will be the president,” in Lankford’s words.
Only four senators from the party – Collins, Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Ben Sasse – have admitted Biden’s triumph, while others such as Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey and Mike Rounds have urged the Trump administration to allow the Democrat to start the transition process.
Fissures outside the Senate
The fissures are also beginning to widen outside the Senate, where at least four republican governors, los de Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts y Vermont, han congratulated Biden; as has former President George W. Bush (2001-2009).
One of the most famous conservative ideologues in the country, Karl Rove, key to both Bush Jr.’s electoral victories, was decisively added to the list on Wednesday night, through an article in the newspaper The Wall Street Journal.
“It is unlikely that the efforts [legales] of the president move a single state from Biden’s column, and certainly are not enough to change the final result “ of the elections, Rove wrote.
It is not clear, however, that these cracks could have a short-term influence on the Trump behavior whose voters enjoy when he claims his independence from the Republican Party, nor that they are going to suppose a definitive break between that formation and Trumpism.
Strengthened by the record in popular vote he has achieved in these elections – surpassed only by support for Biden – Trump maintains a strong influence on voters you need your party to retain the Senate control at least two more years.
Republicans have already guaranteed 50 out of 100 seats of the Upper House, and to maintain their majority they only need to win one of the two second-round elections that will be disputed on January 5 in the key state of Georgia.
The two senators now representing that state and seeking re-election are Republicans, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, and both have respaldado a Trump in their complaints without evidence that there has been electoral fraud.
Biden calls for stimulus for the economy
Meanwhile, Biden has assured that he will be able to prepare to assume power in January even if the Trump administration blocks your access to key resources in the transition, and this Thursday he continued with his plans for it.
In addition to speaking on the phone with Pope Francis, Biden also spoke with Democratic leaders in the Lower House, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate, Chuck Schumer, reported his campaign.
Biden stressed the “urgency” for Congress to approve a new stimulus package in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, which has rebounded strongly in the United States, but that is unlikely to happen before his inauguration, given disagreements over how much to invest in it.