Joe Biden Asked Donald Trump To Acknowledge Defeat In The US Elections

Joe Biden, president-elect of the USA. REUTERS / Mike Segar

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday asked the outgoing president, Donald Trump, to acknowledge defeat in the November elections, shortly after the Electoral College confirmed the result of the elections.

“Respecting the will of the people is an essential part of our democracy. Even when we find those results difficult to accept. But that is the obligation of those who have assumed the sworn duty to respect the Constitution, “Biden said in a speech.

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The president-elect delivered his most direct speech to date condemning Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the election, minutes after the country’s westernmost state, Hawaii, closed the Electoral College vote confirming 306 delegates for Biden and 232 for Trump.

“306 electoral votes are the same that Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received when they won in 2016. At the time, Trump called his Electoral College advantage a landslide victory,” Biden said.

“By their own standards,” he added, “these numbers (306-232) represented a clear victory then, and I respectfully suggest that they do now as well.”

Biden called his victory “clear”, regretted that neither the counts in several states nor the judicial blows “have stopped the unfounded claims about the legitimacy of the results” and condemned the attempts to reverse the popular will by the outgoing president.

US President-elect Joe Biden. EFE / EPA / Sarah Silbiger / Archive

“Fortunately, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected these attempts completely and immediately. The court sent a clear message to President Trump that they would not be part of an unprecedented assault on our democracy, “Biden said.

For all this, the president-elect asked Trump to “turn the page.”

“In this battle for the soul of America, democracy has prevailed … The integrity of our elections remains intact. And now it is time to turn the page, to unite, to heal, “he said.

“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation long ago. And now we know that nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power, can turn it off ”, declared the president-elect.

“I sincerely hope that we will never again see anyone subjected to the kind of threats and abuse that we saw in these elections,” said Biden, calling the harassment of officials “unconscionable.”

11/26/2020 Donald Trump, President of the United States INTERNATIONAL NORTH AMERICA POLICY UNITED STATES ERIN SCHAFF / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

“It is such an extreme position that we have never seen it before. A position with which he has refused to respect the popular will, has refused to respect the rule of law and has refused to honor our Constitution, ”said Biden in his first speech after the Electoral College confirmed his victory.

Biden has been confident since he was declared the winner of the elections on November 7 that Trump would end up admitting his defeat, but in his speech this Monday he put aside the conciliatory tone and asked the outgoing president to do so once and for all. .

Normally, the Electoral College vote is a mere bureaucratic red tape, but this year it has grown in prominence because of Trump’s attempts to undermine the process.

The outgoing president, who will leave office on January 20, has filed several lawsuits in key states to allege, without evidence, that there was electoral fraud in the vote by mail, used by millions of Americans due to the pandemic, but most of them have been dismissed in court.

With information from EFE and AFP

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