- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Sen. Mitt Romney said he saluted four Republican senators who have said they will withdraw their objections to the results of the November presidential election following unrest at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The Utah Republican named Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana, Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, who were planning to object to various states’ electors but decided to walk back their protests after blood was shed at the Capitol when a protester was shot and later died at a hospital.

“Now we gather for a selfish man’s senseless pride,” Mr. Romney said, referring to President Trump.

Mr. Trump had urged his supporters to protest the election, claiming Democrats stole it through widespread fraud from massive mail-in voting. Following his speech on the National Mall Wednesday afternoon, his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Election officials in swing states have bucked those allegations and certified the results.

“The best way we can show respect for the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth,” Mr. Romney said. “That is the burden. That is the duty of leadership. The truth is President-elect Biden won the election.”

• Alex Swoyer can be reached at aswoyer@washingtontimes.com.

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