Sen. Inhofe says he’s advised Trump to ‘move forward’ from 2020 election loss

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he’s advised former President Donald Trump to stop dwelling and “move forward” from the 2020 election.

Inhofe told reporters Friday that he and the former president speak often and that he told Trump that there’s no sense in dwelling on the past anymore.

“It’s not helpful, and every now and then there’s a quote about him talking about his dissatisfaction,” Inhofe said.

“There are a lot of problems in that race, but in every race there’s always not some votes that are handled not as well as they should have. There’s always some corruption in every race I’ve seen before.”

Oklahoma’s senior U.S. Senator said he is leaning on former Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of the 2020 race in which irregularities were found in some precincts, but Barr determined that it did not involve enough votes to overturn the results of the election last fall.

“I’m inclined to think that’s right, and it’s time to move forward,” Inhofe said.

He went on to say that Trump is beginning to move forward from the 2020 election, and he stays in contact with the former President often, sometimes multiple times per week.

Inhofe did not object to the certification of the electoral vote count on Jan. 6 before and after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building trying to disrupt the process that would eventually end in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being named the next President and Vice President of the United States. However, Oklahoma’s Junior U.S. Sen. James Lankford did object initially, but after the attack said the message behind objecting the count had been tainted by the events of the day.

Inhofe initially was not supportive Trump in the 2016 race, instead appearing to side with Senate colleague Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, but Inhofe quickly became one of Trump’s strongest supporters not only against then-Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton but also in the U.S. Senate when Trump was in the White House.