Election 2020: The Aftermath

Election 2020: The Aftermath

Collin Bullock

Following a historic victory, Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden secured the title of President-Elect 5 days after election night. His victory marked a milestone for the Democratic party by rebuilding the blue wall by winning Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. However, President Trump refused to concede the election. It is not necessary for a President to concede, but it has become something of a tradition in the election/transition process in the US.

 

The Trump campaign filed over 30 lawsuits to several state election boards, claiming rampant voter fraud, electoral tampering. None of these cases have been successful. Some of Trump’s lawyers had left their client, but others still fought for the President`s claims. One lawyer, when asked directly if he was claiming 592 ballots were influenced or fraudulent, responded: ¨To my knowledge at present, no.¨

 

With most states called, and a hand recount in Georgia still calling its race for Biden, Trump’s campaign paid for a $3,000,000 partial recount in Wisconsin. However, with all states being either called or projected for each Candidate, the Electoral College count in 2020 was eerily the same as 2016`s, with Biden winning 306 votes, the exact margin Trump had won. Trump had called his 306 votes a `landslide victory over Clinton` back in 2016. There is no court case that could`ve change this result. The Trump Administration withheld transition resources from the Biden Campaign, including Presidential briefings, and national security information. This drew concerns from the 9/11 Commission, which considered the lagging Bush transition affected the response to 9/11. With the election season finished, the Biden/Harris Administration showed anticipation and an eagerness to lead this Country.