“The president-elect will be the president-elect when the electors vote for him.”
Those are the words of Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, refusing to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
He gave the comments to CNN’s Dana Bash, who despite doing her best at staying neutral, clearly looked disappointed. She’s not alone.
Politico made a curious comparison, however, to a 2016 statement Blunt released the day after the election in which he congratulated Donald Trump on beating Hillary Clinton, calling Trump the “president-elect.”
CNN’s Dana Bash presses GOP Sen. Roy Blunt on whether he considers Joe Biden president-elect.
“We are certainly moving forward as if that’s what’s going to happen on Jan. 20,” Blunt says. “The president-elect will be the president-elect when the electors vote for him” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/AA3uzQ9TSb
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 29, 2020