Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, one of President Trump’s most vocal GOP critics, ripped into President Donald Trump for golfing instead of doing his “job” and demanded he concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday after Trump attacked Hogan on Twitter.
Trump on Sunday tweeted a link to a Breitbart story about flaws with some of the coronavirus tests Hogan ordered from South Korea in the spring when Maryland — like many states — was forced to compete with the rest of the U.S. and other nations for limited supplies.
Trump called Hogan a “RINO,” or “Republican in Name Only,” and said the governor was “just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for.”
“If you had done your job, America’s governors wouldn’t have been forced to fend for themselves to find tests in the middle of a pandemic, as we successfully did in Maryland,” Hogan fired back.
“Stop golfing and concede,” he added.
If you had done your job, America's governors wouldn't have been forced to fend for themselves to find tests in the middle of a pandemic, as we successfully did in Maryland.
Stop golfing and concede. https://t.co/tCXO8etxge
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 22, 2020
Hogan is one of a handful of Republican governors, along with Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Mike DeWine of Ohio, who have criticized the president’s refusal to acknowledge the results of the election and called on him to concede to Biden.
“We were the most respected country with respect to elections, and now we’re beginning to look like we’re a banana republic,” Hogan said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “It’s time for them to stop the nonsense. It just gets more bizarre every single day, and, frankly, I’m embarrassed that more people in the party aren’t speaking up.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Sunday called on the president and his legal team to end their court fights on the 2020 election and begin the transition process. The Alaska Republican issued a statement Sunday evening on Twitter saying that Biden had won the election fair and square and urged the Trump administration to start preparing to turn over power on Jan. 20.
“As states wrap up the election and certify the results, it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that we respect the integrity of the election process and uphold Americans’ faith in our electoral system,” Murkowski said. “Each state has worked to ensure a free and fair elections process. President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have found them without merit.”
“A pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the electoral outcome is not only unprecedented but inconsistent with our democratic process,” she said.
Get ready to turn over the keys, she concluded.
“It is time to begin the full and formal transition process,” Murkowski said.