Rep. Alex Mooney (WV-02) introduced resolution on Tuesday to condemn any lawmaker who calls for Donald Trump to concede the election even though it’s pretty clear that he lost.
“I call on my fellow colleagues in the House GOP Conference to join me in sending a strong, united message of support for President @realDonaldTrump,” Mooney tweeted on Tuesday. “No Republican member should prematurely call on President Trump to concede before these investigations are complete.”
Mooney reportedly offered the resolution during a private GOP conference call and received push back from the more moderate members of the Republican caucus. Many members of the House Freedom caucus supported the measure.
According to The Washington Post, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who has recognized President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, said that “it’s not the job of the conference to tell members how to think or what to say.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) one of the few Republicans who has been willing to challenge Trump’s false claims of voter fraud told the conference call that he opposed the measure saying, “This is America.”
This comes after a Washington Post survey finds that just 27 out the 249 Republicans in Congress are willing to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect.
Trump was not happy about this and demanded to know their names. Mooney’s resolution will get him a pat on the head from Trump and his allies but it’s unlikely to go anywhere.