Trump Declares McConnell, GOP Senators Must 'Get Tougher' to Keep Him in the White House

President Donald Trump sent a warning to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his GOP allies Friday morning: "Get tougher, or you won't have a Republican Party anymore."

.@senatemajldr and Republican Senators have to get tougher, or you won’t have a Republican Party anymore. We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let them take it away!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020

The Twitter missive comes as Trump is publicly encouraging senators to overturn the outcome of the presidential election—seen as a last-ditch effort after a string of court losses—because the president and his allies have not been able to produce any credible evidence of election irregularities that would change the outcome.

"We won the Presidential Election, by a lot. FIGHT FOR IT. Don't let them take it away!" Trump claimed in the tweet directed at McConnell, who this week acknowledged from the Senate floor that President-elect Joe Biden has won the election a day after the Electoral College decisively confirmed Biden as the next president.

McConnell said in opening remarks from the Senate floor Tuesday: "I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. Many of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken."

Biden later told reporters that he had a "good conversation" with McConnell.

"We've always been straight with one another," the incoming president said. "We agreed we'd get together sooner than later."

McConnell's office didn't immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment on Trump's latest tweet directed at the Senate GOP leader.

Trump has spent the weeks since the election tweeting and retweeting baseless claims that the contest was "rigged" against him and that he was the rightful winner, without providing evidence.

Congress will meet in a joint session on January 6 to confirm the election results, so Trump and his allies have launched a campaign to try to convince his GOP loyalists to override the Electoral College and voters. McConnell has privately urged senators not to engage in such a fight, but some have hinted that they may force a public vote.

Such a move would take an objection from one House member and one senator among the incoming Congress that will be sworn in on January 3.

After incoming Alabama Senator Tommy Turberville appeared to suggest that he might be the one who would force a vote, Trump has lavished praise upon the former college football coach through a series of tweets and retweets Thursday and Friday.

"Tommy will be more popular than ever before—a hero!" the president tweeted Thursday night.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican congressional leaders and members of Trump's cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty