Trump tells McConnell it's too soon to 'give up' after GOP leader congratulates Biden

President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE in a tweet early Wednesday that it was too soon to "give up" after the Kentucky Republican conceded that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE won November's election.

"Republican Party must finally learn to fight," Trump added. "People are angry!"

In his tweet, the president shared an article titled "Trump's allies slam Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden."


During floor remarks on Tuesday, McConnell for the first time acknowledged Biden as president-elect. 

"The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He's devoted himself to public service for many years," McConnell said during his remarks. He also noted Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE


The leader's acknowledgment came a day after the Electoral College affirmed Biden's win. Biden celebrated the development in a prime-time speech on Monday, saying "democracy prevailed" and calling on all Americans to move past the election. 

Trump has alleged widespread voter fraud led to a "rigged" election against him, and his campaign has sued in several states Biden won to throw ballots out, an effort that has been met with limited success. 

Some Republican lawmakers have mused about contesting the election's result once the new Congress meets after the first of the year to officially certify the Electoral College's votes.

Others have fallen in line with McConnell's concession of Biden's victory. 

McConnell on Tuesday also warned Senate Republicans against participating in any such protest. 


“Look, I don't have any advice to give the president on the subject. I said for me and I think on the basis of the way the system works the decision by the Electoral College yesterday was determinative,” McConnell said.

Stephen MillerStephen MillerJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Why is the Biden administration turning its back on asylum seekers? Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle MORE, a top aide to Trump, turned heads on Monday when he suggested Trump's team was considering sending an "alternate" slate of electors to Congress, though there is no process by which they could do so and such an effort would require a vote in both the House and Senate. 

"The only date in the Constitution is Jan. 20. So we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election result and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election," Miller said during a television interview. "This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open."