Republican lawmakers offer a divided response: Some fall behind Trump, others congratulate Biden, but most stay silent.

‘The media do not get to determine who the president is,’ said Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

As President Trump refused to concede his defeat on Saturday, the top Republican congressional leaders followed suit, refraining from releasing the customary statements congratulating the victor that have been standard among senior lawmakers in both parties in the past when a presidential election has been declared.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, declined on Saturday to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory, with an aide instead pointing reporters to a generic “count all the votes” statement the Kentucky Republican released on Friday before the results were known.

Source: New York Times