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

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses McConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Budowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit MORE in a tweet early Wednesday that it was too soon to "give up" after the Kentucky Republican conceded that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models 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 HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires 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 MillerCensus Bureau racing to complete noncitizen data, watchdog says Trump must concede as a holiday gift to the nation Pompeo to quarantine after contact with someone COVID-19 positive 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."