Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said Sunday that President Donald Trump should begin the transition process with President-elect Joe Biden’s team, while acknowledging the president has the legal right to challenge the election results.
“It’s clear that, certainly, based on what we know now, that Joe Biden is the president-elect. And that transition, for the country’s sake, it’s important for a normal transition to start through,” DeWine told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“You know, Jake, I think we have to have faith in our judicial system, faith in our electoral system,” DeWine said. “And I’d say this to both sides of this. And I was certainly a supporter and remain a supporter of the president. But the president has every right to go into court, every right to bring any kind of evidence that he has. And no one should begrudge him that or say that there is anything irregular about that.”
DeWine said while Trump has the right to challenge the election results in court, “we also need to begin that process” of the transition.
Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden since the vote count in key swing states put re-election out of reach for him. Several media organizations have called the election for President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump’s team has so far refused to work with Biden’s transition team, and his campaign legal team has filed several lawsuits across the country contesting the results by alleging widespread voter fraud, an allegation which has had no evidence presented alongside it.