Incumbent President of the United States Donald Trump has refused to concede the 2020 Elections even after major media projected Democrat Joe Biden is the President-elect.
Trump’s refusal to accept the election results come after Joe Biden was ahead by some 4.7 million votes along with the lead in key electoral states that he needed to win the White House.
President Trump has alleged voter’s fraud and Democrats of stealing the votes, without any evidence of backing his baseless claims. Joe Biden said Trump’s refusal to concede victory in the White House election is an ’embarrassment.’
Mr. Biden, who has been prepping for the transition of power prior to the elections were called for him by US media, said nothing can stop him from the presidential transition despite resistance from the White House.
So far, federal officials and department under Trump’s aegis has been non co-operative to Biden.
Biden is speaking to the world leaders and has already done with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as of Tuesday.
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“I’m letting them know that America is back. We’re going to be back in the game,” Biden said from a theater in Delaware about his conversation with the world leaders.
The Projected President-elect has maintained his team is ready to take on at the helm of the nation, which he says has been misguided under the Trump administration.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, with support from some senior Republicans in Washington is still pressing and claiming win even though all major news outlet has declared the election for Biden, as media has traditionally done every four years.
But President Trump refuses to accept the loss, and as he has previously said, would dispute any election results that do not declare him the victor.
“People will not accept this Rigged Election!,” Trump wrote on Twitter with the tweet showing a fact-check message: ‘this claim about election fraud is disputed.’
Mr. Trump has taken several legal remedies at his disposal, reflecting his last efforts to turn on the election results for him. But none of them has borne any fruit so far.
Votes are still being counted across the US, but Joe Biden has unanimously secured the 270 Electoral College votes plus more from key states which he needed to claim the White House.
Official state declaration of the US election results are pending until the Electoral College meets on December 14, and as per tradition, the new President is sworn in by January next year.
Since the elections were called for Joe Biden on November 8th, Trump and some other Republicans have claimed the historic turnout with mail-in votes this year was the reason for so-called fraud, whereas it was simply because of the pandemic people opted out of in-person voting.
The current situation in the White House has sparked fears that Trump’s refusal to concede the victory could jeopardize the transition of power — a smear on the American democracy where the smooth power-transfer has been a hallmark.
The Transition officials said Monday the General Services Administration — a government agency that facilitates an incoming administration to the White House — has yet to issue a letter of “ascertainment” that would recognize Biden’s victory and began the transfer of power, the Guardian reported.
However, Biden said: “We don’t see anything slowing us down, quite frankly.”
Pompeo’s “second Trump administration”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, amid all the election furor, raised eyebrows after he predicted: “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
Mr. Pompeo, who’s a Trump loyalist made his apparently confusing remarks to reporters at the state department on Tuesday. The Guardian reported, Pompeo gave a slight smile when he said a ‘second Trump administration’ leaving it unclear if he was joking.
Mr. Pompeo did not acknowlegde Biden’s win, but later at a interview on radio, he did at least acknowleged that there’s at least chance for the Biden’s victory.
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Pompeo said: “on 20 January, we’ll have a transition, whether it’s to a Trump administration – a second Trump administration as I spoke about today – or to an administration led by former Vice President Biden.”
The situation in the US political landscape is chaotic, to say the least, something that has not happened for a long time, at least following a White House election.
The election frenzy is reflected in a recent study by the Morning Carsoul Political Poll that said 70% of the TRepublicans dispute the elections as unfair and rigged.
In the same group, 70% of the participants blame the mass mail-in voting as the reason for the so-called widespread fraud. Seventy-two percent of the group thinks the ballots were tampered with.
Attorney General Barr permits investigations of Trump’s voter’s fraud allegations
Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voters fraud took a fresh turn after the US attorney general William Barr allowed federal prosecutors to probe the alleged disputes in the presidential election, in an unusual move.
“Such inquiries and reviews may be conducted if there are clear and apparently – credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State,” the statement from attorney general Barr said.
He acknowledged that the States hold the ultimate power to supervise any election irregularities — and notably, there have been no reports of fraud from any states so far — but Barr said, “the United States Department of Justice has an obligation to ensure that federal elections are conducted in such a way that the American people can have full confidence intheir electoral process and their government.”
This order has prompted a long-serving justice department official Richard Pilger, to quit. “Having familiarised me with the new policy and its ramifications… I must regretfully resign from my role,” he wrote in an email to colleagues, the BBC reported.