first_imgIn the meantime, party elders such as former President George W. Bush have publicly congratulated Biden on his successful bid.“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush said in a statement.But even more ominous for Trump is the fact that a growing list of organizations who fought hard for his reelection are starting to reject his ill-fated effort.- Advertisement – On a call with reporters Monday, U.S. Chamber of Commerce representatives said the time for campaigning had come to an end. Over the weekend, the chamber had joined other GOP boosters like the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable in congratulating the incoming Biden administration. Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were among the only GOP lawmakers to actually acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s win by Sunday evening. What was more typical was Republicans who stoked doubt in the results and endorsed Trump’s disinformation push to invalidate Biden’s victory.“Every legal challenge should be heard,” GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told Fox News. “Then and only then will America decide who won the race.”Trump has continued to frame the referendum on his dismal leadership as “a stolen election,” even as he spent all day Saturday and Sunday at the links. Several top aides have reportedly tried to impart to Trump that his chances of prevailing through his legal challenges are zero-to-none at this point. But Trump has a thick and impenetrable skin when it comes to reality, particularly when it involves him officially being declared a “loser.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “It’s time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts, and it’s time for those facts to speak for themselves,” Sen. Blunt, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, said on ABC’s This Week. “It seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference, but this is a close election, and we need to acknowledge that.”Blunt added that he looked forward “to the president dealing with this however he needs to deal with it.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 8-ranked UW wrestling team has a lot to be excited about going into the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Friday.The 4-0 Badgers are coming off one of the biggest wins in recent memory, coming from behind to win at Penn State. The then-No. 15 ranked Badgers came out of Happy Valley with a thrilling 19-15 win after being down early.”I think that win was good, especially for the young guys,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “You’re going into a hostile environment with their fans being very verbal and the young guys reacted very well in that situation.”One such “young guy” is sophomore Craig Henning. At 7-1 this season, the 157-pound Henning has already emerged as one of the team leaders.”I think a big part of (his success) has been his poise,” Davis said. “It can be tied, he can be losing, or he can be winning, but he’s always got the same expression on his face. He’s very poised.”Davis isn’t the only one who’s been impressed with Henning.”He’s got a lot of talent and he works hard,” junior tri-captain Tyler Turner said. “A lot of people have a lot of talent and don’t work very hard or work hard but don’t have a lot of talent. You put those together and you’ve got a darn good wrestler, and that’s what Craig is.”There are compliments going around for the 4-0 Turner as well.”He’s a leader,” said Davis. “He’s shown it by dedication, sacrifice for the team, and he’s a leader off the mat, which is just as important as in the room.”Added Turner: “I love having guys look up to me. I just try to be a leader on the mat for all the guys to see, and off the mat, try to make myself available for everyone.”The Cliff Keen Invitational will feature some of the top teams across the country. Of the 50 teams competing, 10 are in the top-25 of the national rankings. Among those teams are Big Ten rivals No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Michigan. Regardless of how the Badgers fare against the tough competition this weekend, Davis is impressed with how his team has performed thus far.”Mentally we’re a little further than I thought we’d be,” Davis said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re progressing pretty well.”Despite the formidable opponents they’ll be facing, the Badgers aren’t making any adjustments.”The (Cliff Keen) Invite will be good to see where we’re at as a team,” Turner said. “But we’re not approaching it any different than any other meet.”Added Henning, “We’re just going to do what we do best. We’re going to force our style on our opponent and hope it comes out all right.”Although the season is barely underway, hopes are high on the team after the blistering start to the year.”(By the end of the season), we should be way up there,” Turner said. “I don’t know if that means best in the nation, but definitely one of the best.”Davis is hoping to see his program take another step forward, and with the tough competition present this weekend, it should be a perfect opportunity to do so.”With the talent and the depth that we have, this is probably one of the better teams we’ve ever had here,” Davis said. “It’s an exciting time now for Wisconsin.”last_img read more