You lost, Trump. Get over it and step aside.
With the news that PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden has taken the lead in votes in Georgia and Pennsylvania, it’s now clear that the Donald Trump era in America will soon be coming to an end. Adding those two states’ counts to Biden’s total puts Biden over the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to win the presidency.
You’d like to say, “It’s all over but the shouting.” But in Trump’s case, shouting is all he has left, even if it’s just tweeting in all caps.
That, plus a whole boatload of ill-considered and frivolous lawsuits in multiple states, all of which are doomed to fail. The Trump team is spewing out baseless charges of mail-in voter fraud, demands to “stop counting votes” (in states where Trump used to be ahead), and clamors to “count the votes” (in states where Biden still is ahead). Other legal complaints involve supposedly being unable to “closely” monitor the counting of votes. So in Pennsylvania, Republican observers were allowed to move in closer to the poll workers. Didn’t change the outcome.
No doubt Trump thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will save his presidential bacon. As a Trump campaign legal adviser claimed on the Fox Business Network, “Meanwhile, we’re waiting for the United States Supreme Court, of which the president has nominated three justices, to step in and do something. And hopefully Amy Coney Barrett will come through and pick it up.” That wouldn’t exactly be calling balls and strikes, as Chief Justice John Roberts described the role of the Supreme Court at his confirmation hearing in 2005.
Trump shouldn’t count on a SCOTUS bailout. As summed up in a USA Today piece:
But the 6-3 conservative majority that Trump and Senate Republicans built over the past four years likely is in no position to save his presidency. It would take a razor-thin margin or a major legal dispute in a state whose electoral votes could hand the White House to Trump or Democrat Joe Biden. Such a reprise of the Bush v. Gore case in 2000, when the court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines that vote recounts in Florida had to stop after a month-long dispute, is not anticipated.
Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room to spew what an analysis in The Washington Post described as a speech of historic dishonesty.
For 15 minutes, he delineated nonsensical allegations about the state of the presidential election, claiming to be the victim of nefarious efforts to prevent him from earning a second term. And when he finished, after espousing obviously false claims to a room of reporters who knew better, he didn’t even have the courage to face their inevitably probing and challenging questions.
The Post, which has kept track of Trump’s lies over his time in office, reports that his number of falsehoods has topped 22,000, and that during the campaign he was averaging more than 50 lies or misleading claims a day. His rants two days after the election hit a new low, even for Trump.
It’s time for several things to happen.
All news organizations need to call the election for Biden. They need to start referring to him as the president-elect. With the exception of Fox News (and it hasn’t been total), most media organizations are finally starting to use the word “lie” when it comes to Trump, and are reporting that his claims are baseless. For now, news organizations are being reluctant to make a final call, as Georgia and other states may be heading for a recount. And “Fox News is instructing its talent not to call Joe Biden the ‘President-elect’ when the network calls the race,” according to memos obtained by two reporters.
Republicans need to call Trump out. I won’t hold my breath for people such as South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to come clean, as his lips are firmly stuck to Trump’s behind with Super Glue. But a few Republicans are showing some backbone: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the president after Trump’s lie-laden remarks for “refusing to provide evidence for his dishonest claims about winning the race and ‘illegal’ votes.” Pennsylvania Sen. John Toomey (who already announced his intention not to run for reelection in 2022), rebuked Trump’s attacks on his state, telling CBS This Morning that “The President’s speech last night was very disturbing to me because he made very, very serious allegations without any evidence to support it.”
Courts need to reject all of Trump’s lawsuits. Already, judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans have dismissed lawsuits from the Trump campaign. There should be no doubt in the minds of the American people that this election was won fair and square by Joe Biden, who already is more than 4 million votes ahead of Trump in the popular vote — a total that only keeps growing. That’s true even though wild-eyed Trumpanistas may never accept the inevitable. Biden is starting to receive increased Secret Service protection, and airspace over Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, is now National Defense Airspace.
Biden, the only adult in the presidential contest, is calling for patience and says “the process is working.” His campaign already has launched a transition website, Build Back Better, even though it’s largely empty right now. As he told supporters, “Democracy is sometimes messy. Sometimes it requires a little patience, as well.”
Donald Trump will not leave willingly. He likely will never invite Biden to the White House, as presidents do for presidents-elect, but Biden’s been there plenty of times already. Trump may not even attend the inauguration.
You know what, Donnie? We won’t miss you if you’re not there.