Opinion

Trump Needs To Understand He Lost and Concede

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Early in the day Nov. 7, President-elect Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 election. People celebrated the outcome, with videos showing people dancing in the streets of Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and many other major cities in the United States. The polls indicate Biden won both the electoral votes and the popular votes, and even with this news, President Donald Trump still hasn’t conceded.

The news Trump won’t admit the loss shouldn’t come as something unexpected. In late September, when Trump was asked about a peaceful transfer of power, he stated, “Well, we’ll have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.” 

Trump also stated, “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very — you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.” This was one of many times Trump threatened our democracy, floating the idea he would stay in power regardless of the outcome of the votes. 

Trump also unveiled a series of legal challenges in states he lost, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona — which he later dropped — Georgia and Nevada.  Trump’s series of lawsuits got a deadly blow this past week with even Trump’s own lawyer claiming the litigation won’t work and the election results will remain the same

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s legal advisor, said in a Nov. 7 press conference, “All the networks. Wow. All the networks. We have to forget about the law. Judges don’t count. All the networks, all the networks, all the networks, thought Biden was going to win by 10%. Gee, what happened? Come on. Don’t be ridiculous. Networks don’t get to decide elections. Courts do.” 

But what Giuliani got wrong — among other things — is networks didn’t decide the election this year or any other year. 

What happens on election night is local officials from every county across the country report the votes publically. News channels then take these public votes and broadcast them, explaining who will most likely win. Even though the Electoral College won’t meet until Dec. 14, there’s enough certainty to know who wins early on. 

Giuliani also stated the courts are supposed to decide the winner of the election. The simple truth of the matter is that the courts don’t decide elections, the American voters do. 

As of Nov. 15, the projected electoral vote for both candidates are currently at 290 to 232, favoring Biden, according to The Associated Press. 

There has yet to be any proof of voter fraud, as Trump claims. Looking at the numbers, it’s clear Trump lost. At this point, Trump should concede like Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and other recent candidates.  

Trump is trying to undermine our democracy for his benefit. If he’s willing to accept wins, he has to accept losses. He lost both the popular vote and the electoral votes, he needs to accept this and concede. 

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