Just after they returned to the Senate to debate the challenge of Arizona's results, McConnell warned against the nation dividing into "warring tribes... with nothing in common except our hostility towards each other and mistrust for the few national institutions that we all still share."
"The Constitution gives us here in Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids," McConnell said. "The voters, the courts, the states have all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever."
"If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side our democracy would enter a death spiral."