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Several Republican senators congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on her victory as Joe Biden’s running mate behind closed doors, despite publicly refusing to acknowledge Biden’s win in public.
CNN correspondent Manu Raju reports that Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska all approached Harris and congratulated her on her historic win on Tuesday on the Senate floor.
It seems that while the GOP may be putting on a united front for their leader Trump, but away from the cameras, Republicans are fully aware of who won the November election.
A short video clip of Harris fist-bumping Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Tuesday has also surfaced online.
The senator, who was accused by a fellow GOP member of suggesting Georgia’s secretary of state toss legal mail-in ballots, was quick to deny that his interaction was Harris was congratulatory.
“Just saying hello. I haven’t seen in her in a while,” the diehard Trumper told Raju. “If it works out and they make it, I told her I wish her well and try to work where we can. We will know here in a month or so or less.”
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told The Washington Post that Graham pressured him to throw out entire counties’ worth of ballots for signature verification issues.
Graham denied Raffensperger’s account. Speaking to The National Journal, he said that Raffensperger “did a good job” explaining the signature verification process.
“It seems to me that Georgia has some protections that maybe other states don’t have, where you go into the portal to get your ballot. But I thought it was a good conversation. I’m surprised to hear he characterized it that way,” Graham said, according to Cohen.