“I have not spoken with the president-elect,” Ms. Blackburn said on ABC. “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.”
Local media reported later Friday that Ms. Blackburn’s campaign had already tried to walk it back, however.
“She simply misspoke — it’s nothing more,” clarified Blackburn campaign spokesperson Abigail Sigler, The Tennessean reported.
Democrats were accordingly quick to blast Ms. Blackburn for the apparent reversal.
“Senator Blackburn’s staff is trying to walk this back already, but Marsha knows exactly what she’s doing,” Christopher J. Hale, a former U.S. House of Representatives candidate, said on Twitter. “There’s no reason to take a random interview on ABC News Digital on a Friday night before Thanksgiving [than] to slowly break up with the president of the United States.”
“Blackburn also called Harris the ‘vice president elect,’ which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. And then said it was a mistake,” noted former Obama administration member Chris Lu. “Incredible how they twist themselves into knots to deny reality.”
Messages requesting comment from the senator’s office were not immediately returned.
Mr. Trump has also not conceded the race and has repeatedly advanced unproven claims and conspiracy theories to argue the election was “rigged.”
Mr. Trump insisted Saturday on Twitter that evidence is forthcoming.
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