January 6, 2021
Signatories included Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO David Solomon; Microsoft President Brad Smith; BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink; Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla; James Zelter, a co-president of Apollo Global Management; and Lyft CEO Logan Green.
Congress is scheduled to certify the result on Wednesday, January 6—thereby confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. President Donald Trump has so far refused to acknowledge that he lost the election.
The Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization and major business advocacy group, published the letter on Monday. “This presidential election has been decided and it is time for the country to move forward,” the letter said. “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have won the Electoral College and the courts have rejected challenges to the electoral process.”
Biden and Harris deserve respect and bipartisan support as America faces “the worst health and economic crises in modern history,” they said.
The letter said that Congress should certify the electoral vote and that “there should be no further delay in the orderly transfer of power.”
Trump and other Republicans have tried to overturn the result of the election, pushing false claims of voter fraud.
Over the weekend, Trump pleaded with Georgia’s secretary of state in an hourlong phone call to “find” additional votes to overturn Biden’s victory in the state.
Biden won the 2020 presidential election with 306 electoral votes, flipping five states that voted for Trump in 2016.
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