Is It Finally Over? Post-Election 2020 Review

Jake Ponte, staff writer

President Donald Trump said on Sunday, November 15th for the first time since Election Day that Joe Biden “won,” but again said the race was “rigged.”

Trump tweeted: “He won because the Election was Rigged.” Twitter subsequently flagged the tweet, claiming that “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Trump also wrote:

“NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!”

He continued on his barrage by tweeting yet another link to a tweet by Jesse Watters of Fox News: “There’s something that just doesn’t feel right about this. Joe Biden didn’t earn it, he didn’t really even campaign. He thought was going to lose, you could see it. He ran a losing campaign. So 10 days after the election, how’s he ahead?”

Truly breaking the silence after the uncertainty surrounding the results of the election, Trump went on to say that Democrats were “caught trying to steal votes.”

On Saturday, November 7th Biden, was projected the winner of the race, by many news channels reporting that he won Pennsylvania, which put him over the 270 votes required in the Electoral College. Biden has since been expected to win Arizona as well. As of November 13th, in Georgia, potential President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. barely beat President Trump, and Trump won North Carolina, because on Friday, a week and a half after Election Day the two final states were called.

The final expected tally as electors from fifty states and D.C. travel to the capitol on December 14th to certify the election results is 306 electoral votes for Biden and 232 for Trump. 

So far, Trump has declined to recognize the win of Biden, and State Secretary Mike Pompeo, subject of much criticism regarding his statements, sarcastically said that the State Department must “transition to the second administration of Trump.”

Only once, when debating the coronavirus pandemic on November 13, did Trump allow for the prospect of a Biden government: “This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the — the, whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell, but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.”

Later on Sunday morning, November 15th, Trump posted two additional tweets saying, “RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!” he said in one. Trump, in another, said he won’t admit anything.

With regards to Biden, Trump said, “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”

As of late, Trump’s campaign has filed several cases around the country, most of which have been unsuccessful. A federal appeals court dismissed an attempt on Friday to block almost 10,000 mail-in ballots that arrived in Pennsylvania after Election Day. A judge refused to postpone certifying the Detroit-area election results in Michigan on Friday, the third time a judge failed to participate in a nationwide count showing Biden leading by more than 140,000 votes. In Arizona, a Trump campaign case trying to audit ballots in Phoenix was dismissed by a judge.

Unquestionably, the legal challenges President Trump’s team is trying to mount are almost insurmountable. Compared to the 2016 Election, Trump’s narrow margins in winning states are similar to Biden’s narrow margins now. 

Undoubtedly, the American public demands a free and fair election for all. To hold responsibility and trust in the institutions that American is built on, the most fundamental right to vote must reflect that the institutions are working. 

President Trump has every right to challenge any irregularities he sees in voting. While his legal challenges may not change the results of the election, the over 150 million people that voted this year deserve to be made assured that the system is working. 

If Joe Biden is to be declared President-elect on December 14th, he will be supported by a narrow majority in the House and possibly a Republican Senate majority. Two run-off elections will take place in Georgia determining the majority party in the Senate. Both parties will be sure to fund them heavily to get their party candidate in Washington.

2020 has been filled with uncertainty and surprises. The American people have experienced so much this year: the coronavirus pandemic, an economic recession, and the stress involved with a closely contested election. But, on January 20th, 2021 the 59th Presidential Inauguration will take place and the President will have the responsibility to unite a divided public. No matter who is in office, the people will persist.

In the words of President Abraham Lincoln, “Elections belong to the people.”