“I don’t know what is in his heart and what’s in his mind. Look, anybody who runs for president wants to win and they’re going to fight and they’re going to fight all the way through. But, without exception, I believe, throughout American history, the loser, once it’s determined that you are the loser, concedes. And we move on. That will happen who ever loses this election,” DeWine said in September.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Ohio Democratic Party Chairwoman Rhine McLin both condemned on Wednesday Ohio elected officials who did not denounce Trump earlier.
When asked Thursday to respond to criticism that he failed to forcefully call Trump out, DeWine said he receives criticism from all sides and when he acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect, Trump tweeted that DeWine would face a GOP primary challenger in the 2022 governor’s race.
On Thursday, the governor declined to criticize U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan, Warren Davidson, Steve Chabot, Bob Gibbs and Bill Johnson, Ohio Congressmen who voted against accepting some states electoral results.
“That wouldn’t have been my vote,” DeWine said.
The governor said while the attack on the Capitol marked a dark day for America, he praised Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others for carrying out their constitutional duties.
“The system worked. The constitution held,” he said.