Toomey Congratulates President-elect Biden After Federal Court Dismisses Trump’s PA Lawsuit
Sen. Pat Toomey (R) issued a statement on Saturday night congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after a federal court in Pennsylvania dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign that challenged the results in the state.
“With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey wrote in a statement on Saturday night.
Toomey cited additional legal losses from the Trump campaign in Georgia and Michigan, along with the court case in Pennsylvania, as confirmation that Biden will be sworn-in as the 46th President.
“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory,” Toomey wrote in the statement. “They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and for our country.”
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) November 22, 2020
Toomey, who endorsed President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, added that although he has “significant policy disagreements” with Biden and Harris, he is aiming to find common ground on several matters.
“However, as I have done throughout my career, I will seek to work across the aisle with him and his administration, especially on those areas where we may agree, such as continuing our efforts to combat COVID-19, breaking down barriers to expanding trade, supporting the men and women of our armed forces, and keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill,” Toomey wrote.
Toomey said he was “deeply disappointed” about Trump not securing a second term, but urged him to accept the results so he’d be remembered for his “outstanding accomplishments” as president. The GOP Senator specifically lauded Trump for passing a tax reform bill, peace agreements in the Middle East, his administration’s effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine through Operation Warp Speed, appointing three Supreme Court justices, and “keeping America safe by neutralizing ISIS and killing terrorists,” such as Qasem Soleimani and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“During his four years in office, his administration achieved much for the American people,” Toomey wrote.
Although Toomey praised Trump over a number of policies in this statement, the president took a shot at the GOP Senator.
At 11:54 P.M. on Saturday night, Trump blasted Judge Brann, a former GOP Bradford County chair, for dismissing his campaign’s lawsuit, and dubbed Toomey as “Senator Pat “No Tariffs” Toomey” in a tweet.
Thanks Mark. It’s all a continuation of the never ending Witch Hunt. Judge Brann, who would not even allow us to present our case or evidence, is a product of Senator Pat “No Tariffs” Toomey of Pennsylvania, no friend of mine, & Obama – No wonder. 900,000 Fraudulent Votes! https://t.co/17rk2KsUPs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2020
Trump added that he would appeal the decision.
Twitter notes that under Trump’s tweet, that his claim about election fraud is disputed.
The AP called the race for Biden on Nov. 7 at 11:25 A.M. As of Nov. 23, Biden leads Trump by 80,851 votes (1.2%) in the state with 98% estimated to be in, although Trump has yet to concede.