Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Around the country, people are rejoicing while many Americans took a sigh of relief. The nasty, racist, egotistical, wannabe autocrat, Donald Trump, will no longer have his knee on our collective necks.
Yes, Trump will continue biting and scratching for a second term. But, Biden captured Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes giving him more than the required 270 to be elected president. He also won Nevada, and probably Georgia and Arizona as well. The ugly Trump era is over.
While Trump is still looking to the judiciary to save his presidency, the courts have not been inclined to provide any support for Trump’s empty claims of fraud. Both conservative and liberal legal experts agree that the Supreme Court is unlikely to give Trump the relief he seeks.
On top of that, Republican support for Trump’s desperate efforts to retain the White House is finally beginning to crack. Republican state legislative leaders in Pennsylvania have confirmed that they will not reject the voters’ choice and select pro-Trump electors for the Electoral College. Hopefully, other states Republican leaders will follow suit. In fact, even staunch conservative and Fox News host Laura Ingraham has called for Trump to accept defeat gracefully.
The bad news is Trump has 10 weeks to wreak havoc on the nation before Biden is sworn in as our next president. Last Saturday he defiantly declared that he will fight on:
“…The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states…Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots…”
What this first and foremost tells us is the biggest con artist in American history is still at it. If anyone was responsible for corrupting this election, it was the dishonest Donald Trump. His constant outlandish lies are what made the election as close as it was. Fortunately, the majority of American voters have had enough and rejected Trump and his corrupt ways.
We have reached an historic turning point in our country. The nation is rising out of the greedy muck of the last four years. Now the hard work of fixing our democratic republic begins.
Bruce Berlin, J.D.
A retired, public sector ethics attorney, Berlin is the author of Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America (See breakingbigmoneysgrip.com.), the founder of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics, a former U.S. Institute of Peace fellow, and the founder and former executive director of The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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