On Monday, the electors selected by the United States’ electoral college met and cast their ballots for who their state has picked to become the next president of the United States.
Although US citizens voted well over a month ago in the presidential election, the actual winner is fully confirmed until all the electoral college votes are formally submitted and tallied.
There weren’t any surprises at the vote as Joe Biden was named as the president-elect giving him a clear mandate to become the next president and replace Donald Trump in the White House.
It seems like a lifetime ago that Biden was first confirmed as the president-elect but Trump’s own refusal to accept the results of the election and promote baseless conspiracy theories about voter fraud have made proceedings feel more drawn out than ever.
Unless he and his legal team can produce any kind of substantial evidence of fraud, which they so far have been unable to, then this should spell the end of things for the current POTUS who lost the electoral college by 306 votes to 232.
Funnily enough, this was the same margin by which Trump won the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton which he and his aides hailed as a ‘landslide victory’ and we can’t be sure but we’re pretty certain that Clinton didn’t make any accusations of voter fraud when she lost.
After being confirmed as the president-elect Biden gave a short speech where he used Trump’s own logic against him and asked the president to now accept this as a ‘clear victory.’ The Democrat said, “Together, the Vice President-elect Harris and I earned 306 electoral votes, well exceeding the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory. 306 electoral votes is the same number of electoral votes that Donald Trump and Vice President Pence received when they won in 2016.”
Biden added, “At the time, President Trump calls the Electoral College tally a landslide. By his own standards. These numbers represented a clear victory then, and I respectfully suggest they do so now. If anyone didn’t know before, they know now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this, democracy, the right to be heard, to have your vote counted, to choose leaders of this nation, to govern ourselves.”
Biden: "306 electoral votes is the same number that Trump & Pence received when they won in 2016. At the time, Trum… https://t.co/FbO88T0BZ8
Of course, Trump hasn’t acknowledged Biden’s request nor has he even tweeted about his opponent officially becoming the president-elect. Instead, he spent Monday sharing more and more conspiracies and retweeting just about anybody that agrees with him.
As part of his relatively short victory speech, Biden gave credit to the public officials who did not bow to the pressure that they have been put under by the Trump administration and asked the president to "respect the will of the people."
Biden: "The [Supreme] Court sent a clear signal to President Trump that they would be no part of an unprecedented a… https://t.co/2EmDxaBroe
At this stage, Trump is unlikely to relinquish his pursuit of attempting to overthrow the election but whether he likes it or not, Joe Biden will be the president on 20 January thanks to his ‘landslide victory.'