Not precisely full-throated “the election is being stolen from Trump” rhetoric, however by regurgitating Staff Trump’s authorized vs. unlawful votes claims, McConnell tried to hedge his bets. He couldn’t simply come out and defend the democratic course of together with his complete voice.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey did just a little higher, telling the As we speak present’s Savannah Guthrie, “the president’s allegations of large-scale fraud and theft of the election are simply not substantiated. I’m not conscious of any important wrongdoing right here.”

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse got here out with a typically self-important statement, however he did say “If the President’s authorized staff has actual proof, they should current it instantly to each the general public and the courts.” 

But when Trump responds as anticipated to Joe Biden pulling forward in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Republicans are going to wish to get lots stronger than these weak tea statements. In the event that they need to be remembered as having—within the ultimate, ultimate moments—stood for democracy, they should really condemn what Trump is saying and doing, forcefully and with no weasel phrases. Because it stands now, there’s no indication they’re ready.