Schumer: GOP must condemn Trump's claim that election was stolen

Schumer: GOP must condemn Trump's claim that election was stolen
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) urged GOP senators to break with President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE's claims that the election was stolen from him, adding that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE "won this election fair and square." 

"Republican leaders in Congress should also do the right thing. Republican leaders must unequivocally condemn the president's rhetoric and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power on January 20. ... Too many, including the Republican leader, have been silent or sympathetic to the president's fantasies," Schumer said from the Senate floor.  

He added that Trump's baseless claim that the election had been rigged or stolen was  "extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous to our democracy."  

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Schumer's comments, his first from the Senate floor since the election, comes as only four GOP senators have congratulated Biden. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) used his opening remarks to defend Trump's ability to file legal challenges. 

McConnell did not mention Biden during his remarks, instead saying that Trump was "100 percent within his rights" to "weigh his legal options." McConnell's remarks were the first time he has addressed the election since The Associated Press and other news organizations called the race for Biden on Saturday. 

"All legal ballots must be counted. Any illegal ballots must not be counted. The process should be transparent or observable by all sides," McConnell said from the Senate floor

Trump has so far not conceded the election as his legal team has launched a myriad of challenges. And The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the General Services Administration (GSA) administrator Emily Murphy hadn't yet affirmed that Biden won the election, a step needed to give his team access to federal resources and the ability to communicate with federal agencies. 

Schumer urged the GSA to sign the paperwork "immediately," adding that history would "surely note how this president and his Republican allies here in Congress treated our democracy on his way out the door."