Few high-profile Republican members of Congress have publicly acknowledged Joe Biden’s presidential win.
And many Republican politicians have refused to denounce Trump’s authorized challenges and false allegations of widespread voter fraud.
John Kasich, the previous governor of Ohio who was a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, says it is as a result of Republicans are “both in full lockstep with [Trump] or they’re afraid of him.”
“They’re afraid that they will be primaried or they’re afraid they’re going to be severely criticized,” he instructed Leila Fadel on All Things Considered. “And it is a fairly exceptional state of affairs.”
He referred to as Trump’s refusal to concede “absurd.”
Kasich endorsed Biden within the election and even spoke on the Democratic National Convention in August.
“[Biden] has clearly gained this election and it’s simply type of wonderful to me that Republicans simply preserve sitting on their arms. It is mindless,” Kasich instructed NPR.
He stated one among his foremost considerations about Trump’s refusal to concede is the way it impacts the transition and the work Biden’s group can do to struggle the pandemic. The Biden group has been shut out from info on the federal government’s coronavirus response, leaving them much less ready come Jan. 20.
“There needs to be whole and full cooperation between the Trump administration and the incoming Biden administration in any number of methods by which to take care of the distribution of the vaccine, a complete collection of points going ahead.”
Kasich added that the Republican Party’s half in enabling Trump is “extraordinarily disappointing for somebody who has been a Republican all of my life.”
On if he has spoken to Republican leaders about his considerations
I seem loads on tv and my voice has been very clear and by way of speaking to Republican leaders, I have not carried out that, however I’ve talked to them by the tv as a result of it is not possible for them to not hear what I’ve needed to say. I’ve talked to Republicans who aren’t presently holding public workplace, a major quantity, and a few who’re leaders, they principally maintain the identical view that I’ve.
But once more, they appear, within the Congress of the United States, to be frozen in place. Not all of them, however most of them. Certainly the management is toeing the road. And it is a unhappy day. I believe it was the Scorpions that wrote a tune when the [Berlin] Wall got here down, the “[Wind] of Change” was the title of the tune. And we’ll see winds of change. They’ll be blowing by shortly.
On his considerations in regards to the transition
No. 1 is clearly across the problem of the pandemic and the flexibility to determine a really safe, strong and speedy plan for the distribution of the vaccine. It seems as if the vaccines are proper on the horizon. And it is an unbelievable logistical problem to have the ability to distribute that to so many Americans which are going to be able to willingly settle for the truth that they’d just like the vaccine. You ought to have whole cooperation.
Also, higher cooperation permits us to be able to get this financial system transferring, to know precisely what the Trump persons are going to do over the following couple of weeks in order that the Biden administration can plan and put together for a major, hopefully, financial restoration.
And then lastly, the concept that the administration, as they’re on the brink of exit the door, can attempt to implement some overseas coverage actions that I believe, frankly, border on irresponsible. I’ve all the time been one who’s favored having the ability to negotiate a settlement and finally depart Afghanistan. But to only begin willy nilly withdrawing troops at this vital quantity, I frankly suppose is irresponsible. So there is a overseas coverage element to this as properly. There must be coordination, that Joe Biden must have entry to all of the intelligence like has occurred in all of my lifetime once we’ve had a presidential transition.
Natalie Winston and Eliza Dennis produced and edited the audio interview. Christianna Silva produced for the Web.