Biden’s threshold of votes won over Trump in key states like Pennsylvania (80,000) and Michigan (154,000) is far above what any baseless lawsuit can overturn. Even Georgia’s results, with a narrow margin of 12,670 votes in Biden’s favor—after a massive hand recount—are significant enough that any recount demanded by the Trump campaign would have minimal impact.
The CISA, GCC, SCC, and along with many, many others, in a joint statement, said this election was “the most secure in American history,” and added that “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” And yet, people, like those in front of the capitol building in Augusta, Maine, echo Trump that the election was stolen from him. The hundreds of affidavits, submitted as proof of misconduct, contained nothing of the sort. The Detroit Free Press goes over this well enough. There are inconsistencies between what Trump is saying and his lawyers; fraud is not a claim being argued in court, instead opting for flimsy hearsay. Today, Michigan and Pennsylvania will certify their results; that and a federal judge ruling on Saturday to dismiss Trump’s Pennsylvania lawsuit on mail-in ballots will close any remaining avenues he can pursue to change election results. Judge Matthew W. Brann, who dismissed Trump’s Pennsylvania lawsuit, said that Trump “asked his court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters” and that if they wanted such an outcome, they should have come “formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption.” The Trump campaign also discussed contingency plans to “bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold a legislative majority.” This currently unused action would be a last-ditch effort to ask legislators to ignore the popular vote and choose, what would be, faithless electors. Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, discussed this very possibility with the Trump Campaign and said that “it is one of the available legal options set forth in the Constitution.” This is blatantly undemocratic behavior, and it is disturbing that it has such ardent support from Trump’s followers.
Biden won the election by a comfortable margin. Trump’s unsubstantiated comments on fraud and not conceding the election undermines our system’s integrity and sends an uncomfortable global message that what we have here does not work. Trump must concede to ensure a smooth transition of power so the incoming administration can operate.