I am concerned that by questioning the integrity of the 2020 election without reliable proof of wrongdoing we undermine the principles of free and fair elections and leave our country distracted and exposed to our enemies. In future national elections, states should strive to adopt the Florida model for how ballots are mailed, received, counted and reported. Doing so will eliminate many of the negative perceptions that have accompanied ballot counting in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada. America has always been a beacon of hope and example to the free world. Diminishing our role will empower the forces of oppression and authoritarianism around the world.

It is therefore incumbent upon the United States to ensure to its citizens — and to demonstrate to the world — that we are on course for a peaceful transfer of power. President Trump should concede the election immediately after all long-shot court challenges have been disposed of. The best interests of our nation and our party demand that we acknowledge the winner of this vigorous contest. The American People have made their choice. It is the American way to recognize and honor that choice.