The 2020 U.S. Election’s drama continues as President Donald Trump refuses to concede.
Despite the Associate Press (AP) calling the 2020 presidential race in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, Trump and his supporters say the fight is not over.
“The states, not the media, determine election outcomes,” Tara Ross, author of ‘Why We Need the Electoral College,’ said.
Trump’s campaign has opened more than a half-dozen lawsuits against the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia. Most of them allege voter fraud and question the legitimacy of the votes that were cast by mail.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
As of Tuesday, none of the lawsuits has brought good news to Trump.
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (Democrat) called the lawsuits “a last gasp attempt to prevent legitimate votes from being counted.” Boockvar is backed by Senator Pat Toomey (Republican).
“I'm not aware of any widespread or systemic fraud or anything of the sort,” Toomey said.
Timothy Kenny, Wayne County chief judge, ruled against Trump’s lawsuit in Michigan saying that “[Trump’s] interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible."
The campaign backed off on their lawsuit in Arizona before any ruling has been made. They stated that a judicial ruling in the matter was unnecessary. The AP called the Arizona race in favor of Biden.
Apart from lawsuits, Trump’s campaign has also requested recounts in the states of Wisconsin and Georgia. While Wisconsin hasn’t decided yet, if a recount will be needed, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (Republican) issued an order of recount. The order requires the recount to be made by hand.
Raffensperger’s decision is supported by Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp (Republican).
“People just want to make sure we have integrity in our elections,” Kemp said, “and I think the steps that [Georgia is taking] is going to do that.”
Kemp is one of the handful Republicans that have come out in favor of the president. Among him are U.S. Attorney General William Barr (Republican), Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones (Republican) and Senator Lindsay Graham (Republican).
“If Republicans don't challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again," Graham said on an interview to Fox News. “President Trump should not concede.”
Graham’s stance, however, might be shifting as Biden gets more support within the Grand Old Party (GOP) also known as the Republican Party. Merely four days after claiming that the president should not concede, Graham told CNN that Biden should get intelligence briefings that is daily given to the president.
Graham isn’t alone in the GOP. Senators Chuck Grassley (Republican), James Lankford (Republican) and John Thune (Republican), as well as U.S. Rep. Rob Portman (Republican) all have come out in support of giving Biden the daily intel briefings that are given to the president.
Former President George W. Bush, the only living former Republican president, is the highest-ranked GOP member to publicly recognize Biden’s victory.
“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man,” he said. “The president-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans.”
“I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success,” he added.
Former President Barack Obama, who Biden served as vice president from 2009 until 2017, has also congratulated the president-elect for his win.
“I could not be prouder to congratulate our next president, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, [Dr.] Jill Biden.” Obama said. “I also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala’s groundbreaking election as our next vice president.”
Biden and Harris have both made history in this election. While the former broke the record of most voted president-elect in America’s history, the latter is the first female, black and Asian-American to hold the position of vice president-elect.