I’ll leave White House if Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, says Trump

I’ll leave White House if Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, says Trump

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trump said he’ll ‘certainly’ leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, coming closest to conceding.
  • The Electoral college is set to meet on December 14th that formally reflects the vote results after the state-wide count.
  • President Trump opposed the results alleging massive voter fraud, which he blamed for this year’s historic turnout to mail-in voting as people chose to avoid in-person voting due to the pandemic.
  • The same message was also echoed by Trump during Thursday’s Thanksgiving address to the media.

KOLKATA (India) — Incumbent US President Donald Trump said he’ll ‘certainly’ leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden, coming closest to conceding the November 3 elections that he has been resisting since then.

Trump made the comments while addressing reporters during the Thanksgiving Holiday conference held at White House. Every year the U.S. President formally pardon’s two Turkeys traditionally to mark the auspicious day.

The Electoral college is set to meet on December 14th that formally reflects the vote results after the state-wide count.

“Certainly I will, and you know that,” Donald Trump said when a reporter asked about leaving the White House if the EC chooses Biden the winner on December 14. “I will and, you know that.”

The president told reporters it would be tough to concede, because “we know there was massive fraud,” Trump said without evidence as he has been doing since Biden was declared President-Elect earlier this month.

The November 3 Presidential elections were largely in favor of Democrat Joe Biden with the key states of Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania among others turning out unanimously in favor of Biden.

President Trump, on the other hand, opposed the results alleging massive voter fraud, which he blamed for this year’s historic turnout to mail-in voting as people chose to avoid in-person voting due to the pandemic.

Voting in the United States takes favor of one candidate over another based on Electoral votes, rather than a majority, that is the case of other democracies.

The fifty states are alloted fifty electors, and one for the District of Columbia. Reuters noted the electors are partly loyalists who most often support the most popular candidate chosen by the state.

As per the official tally by major news agencies like the Associated Press, CNN, and Reuters, Trump has secured 232 Electoral College votes, compared to Biden’s 370 of the same category.

A candidate needs 270 EC votes to claim the White House, which Biden surpassed on November 3rd.

Meanwhile, Trump, who has refused to concede the results has been under increased pressure from political parties, including members of his Republican group to conceded.

Before acknowledging he’d step down if the EC voted against him, Trump mandated the federal agency concerned with the transition of power in the White House to co-operate with the Biden team, a move that was due for long after Biden’s projected win.

However, moments after allowing the General Administrative Service to begin Biden’s transition, Trump tweeted: “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!”

The same message was also echoed by Trump during Thursday’s Thanksgiving address to the media.

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