Trump Refuses to Acknowledge Election Defeat


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After more than a month since the 2020 presidential results came out, President Donald Trump is still claiming that the election was “stolen,” and refuses to concede to Joe Biden.

The election results were announced on Nov. 7 with Pennsylvania giving Biden the 270 electoral votes needed to become the 46th president. President Trump won Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. However, those crucial swing states flipped blue in favor of Biden this year.

Early on in the election, President Trump had a nail-biting lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. However, Former Vice President Biden began to surge through and overpass Trump as the mail-in ballots were counted in the following days. Due to Covid-19, many people chose to vote through mail to avoid crowded areas; many of these mail-in ballots were cast in favor of Biden.

According to Pew Research, at least 65 million votes were cast by mail this year compared to the nearly 33.5 million mail-in ballots in 2016. The mail-in ballots gave Joe Biden the final edge to defeat President Trump.

Trump said the election was rigged and declared on FOX News that he doesn’t believe the polls.

“There is no way Joe Biden got 80 million votes,” he stated. “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election.” Trump lost by more than seven million votes.

He tweeted throughout the month of November and December claiming he won. A lot of these tweets have been flagged by Twitter with the notification: “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Some of the flagged tweets include “SO TRUE. NO WAY WE LOST THIS ELECTION!” Another read, “I WON THE ELECTION, BIG” and “RIGGED ELECTION!” His claims about the “rigged election” have also been flagged by Instagram.  Every post that repudiates the credibility of the election polls is accompanied by a banner that says “Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election. (Sources: Reuters/NEP/Edison, others).”

On Friday, December 11, the Supreme Court rejected a Texas lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of the battleground states, and, essentially, overturn the results of the election.

A member of the Williston Young Republicans Club who would like to remain anonymous agrees with Trump. “I feel that with the amount of evidence that has been brought to the table, this makes sense,” the respondent said. “If you pay attention to the court hearings going on than you would probably be able to see his point.”

This person believes Trump’s claims that the rigged election is “protecting America from the policies and decisions the Democratic Party is pushing.” They explained that the movement led by the Democratic party prior to the election was an “act,” because the Democrats stopped after Biden won. These movements include Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death of George Floyd.

“Trump is justified in doing these things because of the obvious voter fraud, and also the will power he has to keep America great and prosperous for all people,” they said. “It’s quite obvious there was election fraud, and he has the right to say these things.”

However, in the end, they just want the election to be fair no matter who wins.

“All I want is a fair election, whether Trump or Biden won, I don’t care. Too many people are focused on parties and not enough on actual politics and democracy,” they said. “If you care about democracy, than you would also want justice, whether Biden is president or Trump is.”

They continued, “The democrats said the exact same things when Trump won in 2016, so I don’t see anything wrong with it. I also felt the same in 2016. In today’s media and news, it’s hard to tell who is in the right and who is in the wrong.”

On the other hand, Ruby McElhone Yates, Head of the Democrats Club, feels that it is unnecessary for Trump to cause such a big problem.

“It’s annoying he doesn’t show the maturity or have the grace to properly concede, but he has not proven himself to have either of those things over these past four years,” she said. “I think he is making these claims as a last-ditch effort to stay relevant when even some of the people who vote for him are sick of him.”

She does not believe that the election results can, or should, be overturned.

“I believe there are many flaws in the electoral process, but he lost the electoral votes and he lost the popular vote,” she told The Willistonian. “There is no evidence of the voter fraud he claims exists and I don’t see any legal way for the results to be overturned.”

Even though she thinks that it’ll be highly unlikely for the results to be overturned, there might be difficulty in the transfer of power.

Ruby often sees Trump’s posts over election fraud and calls them “annoying,” but she has found better uses of her time and attention.

“I won’t pretend I haven’t antagonized a bit over what Trump says, and honestly it’s exhausting to try to keep up with his inconsistent claims and complaints,” she said. “But I have been trying to tune it out and focus on what is still at play; the Georgia Senate seats, state policies, and local candidates.”