Donald Trump continues to fight against his defeat. Now the majority of the country’s voters have voted for Joe Biden. Are big Republicans finally recognizing Biden’s victory?
Less than six weeks after the US presidential election, the electorate in the states confirmed Joe Biden’s victory over the incumbent Donald Trump. Democrat Biden called on Republican Trump on Monday evening (local time) to admit defeat. The president-elect pointed out that he had received 306 of the 538 electoral votes – the same number as Trump had four years ago when he spoke of an “overwhelming victory.” “By his own standards, those numbers represented a clear victory at the time, and I respectfully propose that they do now,” said Biden in Wilmington, Delaware.
In Washington’s 50 states and main district, 538 voters voted on behalf of the people for the future president on Monday. This is indirectly chosen in the US. In the vast majority of states, the candidate who received the majority of the popular vote on election day also gets all the votes of the local voters. After the election results on November 3, Biden received the expected 306 votes, Trump 232. The threshold for a victory is 270.
Trump’s ally throws down
Trump announced this on Twitter during the current election vote Attorney General William Barr tendered his resignation. The letter of resignation published by Trump states that Barr will leave on December 23. Trump criticized Barr after saying he had no evidence of mass electoral fraud. In doing so, he had openly contradicted Trump’s claims. Barr was previously considered a close ally of the president.
Last Saturday, Trump again criticized Barr. The Wall Street Journal reported that the attorney general had been aware of an investigation into the son of US President-elect Biden, Hunter Biden, since the spring. Barr wanted to keep the investigation out of the election campaign, the paper said. “A big disappointment!” Trump wrote.
Trump’s failed lawsuits against Biden’s victory
Trump sees himself deprived of his victory by fraud and continues to claim without basis that he won the election against Biden (78). Neither he, nor his lawyers or supporters have provided any solid evidence of tampering. To date, more than 50 lawsuits have been dismissed from the Trump camp, two of them in the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States.
The final election result will be officially announced in Congress in Washington on January 6. Biden will be sworn in on January 20. That day, Trump’s constitutional term automatically ends, even if he does not admit defeat. That Biden won has been evident since November 7, when leading American media – as is customary in the United States – declared him the winner. The responsible US authorities stated that the choice was the safest ever in the US. Trump has announced that he will continue his legal battle. He doesn’t get any chances.
Biden speaks of a victory for democracy
Biden said on Monday it was time to start a new chapter. Trump had every opportunity to dispute the outcome, and the president took every opportunity. More than 80 judges across the country heard arguments and dismissed them as unfounded. Re-counting the votes would not have changed the result either. “In this battle for America’s soul, democracy has won,” said Biden. “The flame of democracy was kindled in this country a long time ago. And we now know that nothing – not even a pandemic or abuse of power – can extinguish that flame.”
Do the big republicans now recognize Biden’s victory?
Voting by the electorate is a formality in normal election years, because the defeated candidate usually admits defeat on election night. Many Republicans – including colleagues from the lead party in the US Congress – have not yet publicly recognized Biden as the winner. After the election vote, this front could now crumble.
Republican Senator Roy Blunt told The Kansas City Star that as chairman of the congressional committee for the inauguration of the new president, he would now work with the Biden team. He named Biden as the president elect.
“At some point you have to face the truth,” said South Dakota Senator John Thune. “Now that the Electoral College has things in order today, it is time to look ahead.”