U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, says he is receiving calls from his Republican colleagues telling him privately that they know Joe Biden won the presidential election but can't say that publicly right now.
Many on social media immediately became furious, demanding he expose them.
On CNN Coons said "it is past time for Republican leaders to stand up and say, 'we should accept the results of this election,' and I continue to work with colleagues to urge them to do so."
Asked what Republicans are telling him behind the scenes, Coons said: "Bluntly? That they accept – they call me to say, 'Congratulations. Please convey my well wishes to the President-Elect, but I can't say that publicly yet.'"
Moments ago on @NewDay... Sen. @ChrisCoons reveals what some of his Republican colleagues have said to him in priva… https://t.co/h6OqoJR9pR— Alisyn Camerota (@Alisyn Camerota) 1605014440.0
Coons claimed, "these are conversations best kept private."
Many Americans disagreed.
@AlisynCamerota @NewDay @ChrisCoons If 20-30 of them did this tomorrow as a group, this nonsense would be over immediately.— Cyneheard @ 🏠 (@Cyneheard @ 🏠) 1605014826.0
NAME THEM!!!! https://t.co/b36lyPBKrT— Deborah Nyman (@Deborah Nyman) 1605015661.0
@AlisynCamerota @NewDay @ChrisCoons This is @senatemajldr doing and this is what is wrong with American politics. T… https://t.co/En4Bn4kFPr— Perry Siegel, CPA (@Perry Siegel, CPA) 1605014885.0
NAME THEM, @CHRISCOONS. YOU’RE NOT REQUIRED TO PROTECT THIS TOXIC SHIT. https://t.co/oSNwFrqOd7— southpaw (@southpaw) 1605015177.0
They are behaving like courtiers, not independent senators in a democracy. https://t.co/jtiUrOzqyy— Garance Franke-Ruta (@Garance Franke-Ruta) 1605016295.0
We need names. https://t.co/A0PCOq1gsA— This is the way! Trump is a LOSER!!! 🇺🇲 (@This is the way! Trump is a LOSER!!! 🇺🇲) 1605015400.0
Embarrassing. Leaders are supposed to lead, right? https://t.co/DxqxEhFaiU— Chris Cillizza (@Chris Cillizza) 1605016106.0
And whatever happened to the party of personal responsibility? https://t.co/331DgTRo9g— Jeffrey Vagle (@Jeffrey Vagle) 1605014779.0
Name names, Chris. https://t.co/fZS77WSeZl— Barbara Morrill (@Barbara Morrill) 1605014953.0
@AlisynCamerota @NewDay @ChrisCoons HE NEEDS TO NAME THEM. NAME THEM. DO NOT LET THEM HIDE.— genericrich (@genericrich) 1605014703.0
Pure cowardice. https://t.co/Mxg2UxfmdL— Tom Watson (@Tom Watson) 1605015643.0
Cowards. Every one of them. https://t.co/UMtxjEN31H— ChrissyH (@ChrissyH) 1605014725.0
Name them and shame them! This is insane.. https://t.co/xFxvjRmXh1— Sarah Burgess (@Sarah Burgess) 1605016783.0
.Absolute cowards. Every single one of them. https://t.co/D3STN72ozK— Erica Reniff 😷 (@Erica Reniff 😷) 1605016809.0