For well over a week now, the American people have been witnessing the unprecedented unwillingness of a President to accept the results of an election that has already been called.
Donald Trump has insisted since early in the morning on November 5th that he is, indeed, still going to be President of the United States come January 20th. And while he certainly seems confident in that position, the prevailing notion is that this is simply not going to be the case. Not only has the Associated Press already called the election for Joe Biden, but Trump’s legal teams have been getting hammered by state and local judges in the locales that they’ve been attempting to massage electoral outcomes into their favor.
Trump, defiant as ever, has now admitted that Joe Biden did indeed win the election, but he did so with a major caveat.
Trump, without using Biden’s name, tweeted that “He won,” something Trump had not said before publicly, though he said the Democrat’s victory was only “in the eyes” of the media. Biden defeated Trump by winning back a trio of Midwestern battleground states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and topped the 270 electoral vote threshold to clinch the presidency. Biden so far has 77.5 million votes, the most ever by a winning candidate, to Trump’s 72.3 million.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The Biden team fired back.
“If the president’s prepared to begin to recognize that reality, that’s positive,” Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Still, Klain said, “Donald Trump’s Twitter feed doesn’t make Joe Biden president or not president. The American people did that.”
White House insiders have hinted that the President may be quietly looking forward to life outside of the White House, and is planning to launch a media network to remain in the public eye.
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