By Elpidio R. Estioko
Seven days after former Vice President Joe Biden garnered the number of electoral votes to win the election (306 vs 232, the number was 270 which he exceeded), US President Donald Trump acknowledged after a week of denial that Biden won, but he is not conceding the election. Despite this, he is not even saying President-Elect Biden or any of that sort in any of his discourse.
According to Henry Austin, Carol E. Lee, Jane C. Timm, and Allan Smith of NBC News, PresidentDonald Trump suggested Sunday that Joe Biden had “won” the presidential election while saying that the election was rigged — a claim that has been widely debunked.”
“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump wrote before falsely claiming that no watchers or observers had been allowed.
According to the authors, “It was not clear whether the tweet represented a grudging or an accidental concession by Trump that he had lost the election, which he has repeatedly claimed to have won, even after every major news organization projected Biden as the victor.”
When asked whether Trump was admitting that Biden won, A White House official said: “It looks like it.”
But a few minutes after the tweet, Trump appeared to rush back to Twitter to make it clear that he was not conceding. “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA,” Trump wrote. “I concede NOTHING!”
The 2020 election, according to top government and industry officials have said: “That was the most secure in American history” and that there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.”
Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that Trump’s early morning tweet was “a further confirmation of the reality that Joe Biden won the election.”
Trump’s former national security adviser-turned-critic John Bolton, speaking on ABC News’ “This Week,” said he believes “it’s very important for leaders of the Republican Party to explain to our voters, who are not as stupid as the Democrats think, that in fact Trump has lost the election and his claims of election fraud are baseless.”
“The fact is that we’ve seen litigation in all the key battleground states, and it has failed consistently,” Bolton said. “Right now, the Trump campaign is doing the legal equivalent of pitching pennies. Where are their silver dollars? Where is the evidence?”
Bolton said that as each day passes, it has become “clearer and clearer there isn’t any evidence.”
In an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday, former President Barack Obama said there are “no factual scenarios” in which Trump wins the election.
“But there’s damage to this, because what happens is that the peaceful transfer of power, the notion that any of us who attain an elected office — whether it’s dogcatcher or president — are servants of the people,” he said. “It’s a temporary job.”
“We’re not above the rules…We’re not above the law. That is the essence of our democracy,“ Obama added.
Biden won both the electoral votes (306 vs 233) and the popular votes (he won by more than 5 million plus and counting). Former State Secretary Hilary Clinton won in 2016 the popular votes against Trump by 3 million plus but lost the electoral votes (306 vs 223) but she never contested the election. She gracefully conceded defeat and recognized Trump as the president-elect. That is the opposite for Trump. That isTrump in 2016 and Trump in 2020 for you.
Well… this is a contradictory statement/position from Trump which is hard to comprehend, but at least this shows that Trump realized Biden won… although he said he will not concede by proceeding with his legal option to contest the election.
He is entitled to that, but this should not interfere in the smooth transition of power to president-elect Joe Biden. The problem is: it is interfering with said transition. Biden’s transition team cannot even get security briefing, they cannot get corona virus latest details, they cannot even get money allocations for the transition and inauguration ceremony. The transition team is spending their own private money.
Why is Trump holding on his power as president and even talks of a second term stating that he will have a separate inaugural ceremony in January 2021, a day after Biden’s January 20 inauguration?
Well, your guess is as good as mind! When he is no longer in power, he will lose all immunity a seating president is entitled to. That means, he can now be sued and will be facing numerous civil and criminal cases, in addition to IRS-related cases filed and will be filed against him. I am sure he does not want that to happen. That is the reason why he is clinging on to his position, I guess!
His actions, however, are bad to the country, bad to a democratic society such as the US, which is the bastion of democratic principles in the whole world. A dictator in a democratic society? No way, right?
Trump has up to noon of January 20, 2021 to officially function as the president of the United States. So, what he is doing now is issuing executive orders which will be hard for Biden to undo. He fired the Defense secretary and who knows what else he will still be doing between now and January 20.
There is a lot of things at stake here which could be threshed out if there is a smooth transition, just like what President Barack Obama did to Trump in 2016. The transition went on smoothly and his assumption to office was well-organized and appropriate. In the case of Biden, he is groping in the dark and his transition team is having a hard time getting the desired information/data they need to have to pave the way for the inauguration.
Will Trump concede before Biden’s January 20 inauguration date? Maybe… maybe not! Trump is Trump… we never know!
(Elpidio R. Estioko was a veteran journalist in the Philippines and an award-winning journalist here in the US. For feedbacks, comments… please email the author at email@example.com).