Toomey: 'Completely unacceptable' for Trump to pressure lawmakers to overturn election results

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) said 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’s reported attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania were “completely unacceptable.”

“It’s completely unacceptable and it’s not going to work and the president should give up trying to get legislatures to overturn the results of the elections in their respective states,” Toomey told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Toomey added that he spoke on the phone with 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 last week, saying “we had a very pleasant conversation” regarding potential areas of cooperation.

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The Pennsylvania Republican, who has said he will not seek a third term in 2022, is one of under 30 GOP members in Congress who have gone on record to acknowledge Biden’s victory.

The Washington Post reported this week that Trump called Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R) and pressured him to appoint pro-Trump presidential electors.

Cutler’s office has said that he told Trump lawmakers do not have the power to override the results of the vote. However, the Speaker previously joined several other Republican lawmakers in asking Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to raise objections to the results after the Electoral College votes.

Although Toomey pushed back on Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, he also suggested Democrats’ allegations against the president, including his impeachment in 2019, had undermined faith in U.S. elections.

“A lot of Republicans across the commonwealth and across the country are sympathetic to some of the allegations being made by the president because they’ve witnessed the way he’s been treated for the last four years by the left and the press,” he said. “The accumulation of these outrageous attacks leads people to wonder, ‘Well, what wouldn’t they do?’ ”

Trump has repeatedly made evidence-free claims of election fraud before this year's presidential contest, including in the 2016 GOP Iowa caucuses, that year’s presidential election and the 2017 Alabama special Senate election to replace then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE.