Stefanik continues to not acknowledge Biden as winner in race for president

WWNY Stefanik continues to not acknowledge Biden as winner in race for president

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik once again Tuesday did not acknowledge Joe Biden as the winner in the race for president.

Her spokeswoman did not respond to questions from 7 News.

Stefanik is one of many Republicans and supporters of President Trump who are declining to recognize Biden as the president-elect.

Senator majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday “Let’s not have any lectures about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.”

And Stefanik retweeted a tweet from former Trump administration official Boris Epshteyn, which suggested she thinks - or will at least publicly support the idea that - the election is not over.

Stefanik is hugely popular among Trump supporters in northern New York, having just won an election in which she out-polled the president throughout the 21st congressional district.

A Clarkson University expert in politics said Stefanik, who is widely believed to have ambitions for higher office, is very aware of the ‘Trump base.’

“If this is now the party of Trump, or the party of Trumpism, then Republicans are in a bind because they have to choose over the next four years whether they want to run away from Trump’s bombasticism, from his policies, from his dialog, or if they want to continue to embrace it because it was so successful.,” said Alexander Cohen, Associate Professor of Political Science.

“And I think Congresswoman Stefanik has made the choice to embrace it.”

Cohen said Stefanik will be seen as a leader in the Republican party for her refusal so far to acknowledge Biden as the winner of the race.

While Stefanik has yet to acknowledge Biden as the president-elect, her immediate predecessor, Bill Owens, a Democrat, told 7 News Tuesday he “absolutely” understands Biden to be the incoming president.

“Without a doubt,” Owens said.

The widespread refusal of Republicans to acknowledge Biden won the race for president last week is a sharp break with a bipartisan tradition of politicians from both parties extending good will to the winner.

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