Former President George W. Bush congratulated President-elect Joe Biden in a phone call on Sunday and said that while President Donald Trump has the right to pursue legal challenges and narrate, the 2020 race was “Fundamentally fair” and “its outcome is clear. «
The move by Bush, the only living former Republican president, was a break with his party’s incumbent President Trump, who has so far refused to concede the race. In the statement, Bush said he called on Sunday Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “Although we have political differences, I know Joe Biden is a good man, who has earned his chance to lead and unify our country,” said Bush. “The president-elect reiterated that if he runs as a Democrat, he will rule for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered to Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success and my promise to help in any way I could. . Bush also offered his congratulations in the statement to Trump ‘for a hard-fought campaign’, nodding at his “extraordinary political achievement” of winning the votes of more than 70 million Americans, the second-highest in history behind Biden. « They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard by Republicans elected to all levels of government, » Bush said.
Bush in 2000 was elected by a much smaller margin than Biden, his race against then-Democratic Vice President Al Gore falling to 537 votes in Florida and a Supreme Court ruling in December. He said Trump « has the right to demand recounts and initiate legal proceedings, » but said Biden’s victory was clear.