Nearly a month after the election, and with his multiple “fraud” complaints dismissed in court for lack of evidence, President Donald Trump is beginning to acknowledge defeat by Democrat Joe Biden, who will take office in January.
In that time, his public agenda has been reduced to the bare minimum, and he has only appeared to claim credit for facilitating the development of vaccines to address the covid pandemic.
Gone are his endless press conferences and his love of cameras, and Trump is limited to playing golf and denouncing electoral “theft” and “fraud” from his Twitter account.
However, the state courts have been one by one dismissing practically all of the president’s complaints.
“Saying that an election is unfair does not make it so. The charges require specific accusations and then evidence. We have neither here,” Judge Stephanos Bibas of the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Court of Appeals said Friday.
Bibas, in fact, was appointed by President Trump himself to the position.
On Saturday, it was learned that the vote count requested by Trump’s campaign in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, added 132 votes to Biden’s already wide margin of victory.
In the last week, results have been made official in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, three of the key states Trump lost in the election and which underpin the Democrat’s victory.
UNUSUAL SHIFT IN THE WHITE HOUSE
For his part, Biden has already begun to announce some of the positions that will make up his cabinet, following confirmation by the Senate, such as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
However, he still has not received the traditional courtesy call from the loser in the election.
The closest thing to a concession of defeat occurred this Thursday.
Asked by reporters, and after a call with troops deployed overseas for Thanksgiving, about whether he will leave the White House if Biden is voted in at the polls, he replied: “I certainly will, and you know it.
Yet throughout the holiday weekend across the country, Trump has continued to claim fraud.
“The 1,126,940 votes came out of nowhere. I won Pennsylvania by much, perhaps much more than people will ever know. Pennsylvania’s votes were MANIPULATED. In all the other key states as well. The world is watching,” he wrote last night from his Twitter account, which adds the president’s continuous warning notes to the lack of evidence.
Nearly a month after going to the polls, and in the midst of a pandemic that has already left more than 260,000 dead in the country, Americans are watching in awe Trump’s surprising and often contradictory statements.
On Monday, he gave the green light to begin the transfer of power to Biden, allowing the Federal Services Administration (GSA) to begin the transition process after weeks of blocking resources and allowing the Democrat’s team to take control of the federal bureaucracy.
His team, led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulinai, has only until December 8 to develop its legal strategy.
By that day all states should have resolved any disputes and the governor of each territory must send certified results to Congress.
Trump has tried to thwart the electoral bureaucracy because, once each state’s count is confirmed, they commit their share of the Electoral College system on December 14 and transmit the result to Senate President and Vice President Mike Pence on January 6.
Once it is confirmed that Biden exceeds 270 electoral votes, the president-elect will inaugurate his term in a ceremony in front of the Capitol on January 20.
The results place Biden with 306 votes to 232 from Trump.