The Tennessean reports:
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a stalwart supporter of President Donald Trump, on Friday referred to Joe Biden as the country’s “president-elect,” a comment her staff later said was a mistake. Blackburn made the comments Friday evening live on ABC News, where she was being interviewed by Juju Chang.
The remark placed her among just a handful of Republican senators signaling acknowledgement of Biden’s projected victory. Chang asked Blackburn whether she had been in contact with Biden to congratulate him, as president-elect, on his victory.
“I have not spoken with the president-elect,” Blackburn said. “We did have the vice president come to the floor, the vice president-elect come to the floor this week to cast a vote. I was presiding at the time. Didn’t get to speak with her.”
Blackburn’s spox says she “misspoke.”
“I have not spoken with the president-elect. We did have… the vice president-elect come to the floor this week to cast a vote.”
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