On November 3, 2020, the US Presidential elections were held. And as to now, on 14th December Monday, the Electoral College conclusively confirmed Joe Biden as the nation’s next president by a majority of 306 electoral votes. The results which will be sent to Washington will be accorded by the joint session of Congress on January 6.
Electoral College as a product of compromise
The President in the US elections is always elected by the Electoral College. Over 90% of the presidential elections under the system have selected the winners of the nationwide popular vote. Between those who opposed giving the people the power to directly choose their leader and those who favored electing the president by popular vote during the drafting of the constitution, the Electoral College was looked upon as a product of compromise. The states award all their Electoral College votes to the winner of the popular votes in their state along except for Maine and Nebraska.
Trump unable to digest the electoral results
Before the final electoral results, Trump was sticking to his baseless claims of widespread electoral fraud but ultimately failed to overturn the victory of Biden. He even tried to cling to his power by challenging the outcome in court in multiple states, while pressing the lawmakers and governors to throw the results out and simply declare him as the winner. Even after the final declaration of the electoral results, Trump’s campaign is trying its best to subvert the electoral process and blew an air of doubt over the legitimacy of the election victory of Joe Biden.
Refusal of some Republicans to acknowledge the reality
Besides the confirmation of Biden’s victory, some Republicans refused to accept the reality. Still, the Republicans see the election results as stolen. Even according to a new survey, more than half of the Republican voters either aren’t entirely sure who did win or believe that President Donald Trump won the 2020 race. Trump won a second term is been claimed by nearly 40 percent of the Republican voters and another 23 percent claimed that they weren’t sure of the winner. David Lazer, distinguished professor of information science said that “it’s quite pretty shocking that less than half of the Republicans say Joe Biden won the election”.
The Policy Times suggestion
- Trump must stop behaving like a giant domino that causes a bunch of other dominoes to fall. Rather than wasting the time in overturning the electoral results, he must admit the fact that he has lost and move forward to wish Biden to take care of the US.
- There is no meaning to act “frivolously” which would indeed mark him as “a cruel former President of the US”.