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Democratic lawmaker: Republicans 'privately' acknowledge Biden's win

Democratic lawmaker: Republicans 'privately' acknowledge Biden's win
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Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondPadilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris Bottom line Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance MORE (D-La.) said Sunday that many of his GOP colleagues in the House and Senate admit behind closed doors that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE defeated President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE in the 2020 election, but fear making such claims publicly for fear of backlash from the president and his supporters.

In an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation," the congressman was asked by host Margaret Brennan how the Biden administration could "do business" with Republican lawmakers who refuse to acknowledge the results of the 2020 election.

"They recognize Joe Biden's victory. All of America recognizes Joe Biden's victory. This is just a small portion of the Republican conference that are appeasing, patronizing the president," Richmond, who will serve as senior adviser to Biden in the incoming administration, said.

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The congressman also suggested that his fellow lawmakers were "scared" of the president's "Twitter power," referring to the president's ability to turn millions of his supporters against GOP figures through tweets from his account, which is followed by more than 88 million people.

A Washington Post survey of GOP members of the House and Senate revealed that only roughly one in four Republican lawmakers would acknowledge Biden's victory. Two members of Congress said they believed Trump to be the victor of the 2020 election.

The president's attorneys have launched numerous legal bids to overturn or invalidate the election results of several key battleground states, but have yet to see any success. The Supreme Court has dismissed efforts to overturn results in Pennsylvania in recent days, as well as a bid by Texas's attorney general to declare election results in multiple states to be invalid.