While Republican Senators continue to support Donald Trump’s pretense that the election results are somehow ‘fake’ or wrong, their actions indicate they all know the truth, and must, in short order, begin acting on it, as they prepare to work with the incoming administration. On Tuesday, several, including Lindsey Graham, demonstrated their acceptance of Joe Biden’s win by congratulating Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris when she returned to the Senate floor.
CNN correspondent Manu Raju reports that Republican Senators Tim Scott (SC), Mike Rounds (SD), James Lankford (OK), and Ben Sasse (NE) all offered congratulations — and Lindsey Graham (SC) threw in a fist bump.
An interesting scene on the Senate floor when several GOP senators congratulated Kamala Harris (most Rs still siding with Trump in his fight over election.)
Sens. Tim Scott, Mike Rounds, James Lankford all congratulated her, as did Ben Sasse. Lindsey Graham gave her a fist bump
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 17, 2020
You can see the fist bump in the short clip below from NBC correspondent Sahil Kapur.
A Kamala Harris-Lindsey Graham fist bump on the Senate floor. pic.twitter.com/BXlRwkWrNe
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 17, 2020
With Donald Trump still trying to challenge the results of the election, Republican senators have shown some apparent reluctance to contact and congratulate the President-Elect. The Independent reported a week ago that Democratic Senator Chris Coons, of Delaware, had said some Republicans were asking him to pass on congratulations to Joe Biden privately, to avoid becoming the targets of Trump’s wrath.
Lindsey Graham’s fist bump is notable for a few reasons — the first and simplest being that he has quite recently been accused of interfering with the election process and trying to talk the Georgia Secretary of State into throwing out legitimate votes. However, it also calls to mind Barack Obama’s fist bump in 2008 — as reported by the Guardian at the time, a Fox News anchor was pulled off the air after jokingly calling it a terrorist gesture.
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