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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas calls Joe Biden 'president-elect' in a tweet then tries to take it back

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 12:26 PM

click to enlarge Cornyn speaks during a past appearance at the conservative CPAC conference. - GAGE SKIDMORE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Cornyn speaks during a past appearance at the conservative CPAC conference.
President Donald Trump may have penned The Art of the Deal, but perhaps one of his top enablers, Sen. John Cornyn, should call his own autobiography The Art of the Hedge.

Though it's been five weeks since Joe Biden locked in enough electoral votes for even Fox News to declare him the next president, the Texas Republican has followed the lead of his boss, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other GOP officials and declined to refer to Biden as president-elect.

Until Wednesday morning.

That's when Cornyn sent out a tweet referring to Biden for the first time with that nomenclature. The tweet appeared to lift text directly from a Politico article discussing Biden's selection of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, for housing secretary.

But. Not. So. Fast.

After Twitter users seized on Cornyn's revised take on Biden, the Senator jumped back on his keyboard in a bid to fend them off. "It’s a quote from the article," he tweeted. "Not news.” Then he tried to change the subject, doing some partisan math to try to prove the Democrats aren't as in control of the U.S. House as they think they are.

Cornyn has told the media he'd wait for states to certify their votes before naming either candidate as winner, the Dallas Morning News reports. However, that date has already passed, the paper points out: Tuesday was the "safe harbor" deadline for states to certify votes before the Electoral College meets.

Anyone want to start a pool on when Cornyn will finally string the words "president" and "elect" together? Our guess is it will only happen once Mitch tells him it's finally OK.

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