Four days after a highly competitive presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, America was still waiting for final results on Saturday. The former Democratic Vice President was close to winning the White House.
Biden was a leader in most major states, including Pennsylvania – where a victory would bring veteran Democrats over the magic number of 270 votes in the electoral college that determines the presidency.
But Trump, whose bid for re-election became increasingly unlikely, showed no sign of concession and blew up a series of morning tweets deciphering what he described as “illegally obtained” votes in Pennsylvania and other “paper-thin” states.
These tweets were flagged and masked as potentially misleading by the messaging platform.
Late Friday, 77-year-old Biden appealed to Americans for unity – reiterating his belief that he would emerge victorious, but saying the country would have to wait for the trial to begin.
“We have to leave the anger – and the demonization – behind. It is time for us as a nation to come together and heal,” said Biden in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, accompanied by his runmate, Senator Kamala Harris.
“My responsibility as President will be to represent the whole nation.”
In his late night address, Biden took on a decidedly presidential tone and pledged to fight the Covid-19 pandemic as new cases in the United States – still the worst-hit nation in the world – hit a new high of more than Reached 127,000.
“The pandemic is getting much more worrying across the country,” Biden said, noting that he and Harris had a briefing Friday about the crisis that killed more than 235,000 Americans.
“Our hearts break with you. And I want everyone to know that on day one we will put our plan to fight this virus into action.”
US media reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, 61, contracted the virus – underscoring months of criticism against the President of his administration’s management of the crisis.
Meadows first tested positive on Wednesday, one day after the election, according to the New York Times.
On the way to victory
However, Biden stopped to officially declare victory as races in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and other battlefield states remained undecided.
But Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania grew steadily and was more than 28,000 according to data from the state elections on Saturday morning.
Biden was also ahead in Arizona and Georgia – two states that didn’t vote for Democrats in the 21st century – and Nevada, while Trump had a narrow lead in North Carolina and was supposed to win Alaska.
Georgia said it was ordering a recount because of the tight margin. The southern state will also hold runoff elections for its two Senate seats in January, which will likely decide whether the Democrats will remove Republicans control of the upper chamber and give Biden a broader path to legislative wins.
Trump has named himself the winner ahead of time several times, refusing to accept the data showing that Biden is on his way to victory.
Trump’s campaign has filed fraud lawsuits across the country but has made little progress. No evidence was presented to support alleged election rigging or any other significant incident.
“Mr. Trump hates to lose, and no doubt he will fight to the end,” said the Wall Street Journal in an editorial.
“But if there is defeat, he will serve himself and his country best by respecting America’s democratic traditions and leaving office with dignity.”
I am looking for legal action
The Pennsylvania Republicans have made a final appeal to the US Supreme Court to stop the state’s vote counting as many of the late ballots postponed the race in Biden’s favor.
Judge Samuel Alito, who was viewed as conservative, declined to order an immediate stop. He ordered Pennsylvania to keep late-arriving ballots separate and affirmed a policy already in place by state electoral authorities.
He said any further response from the General Court would come by Saturday at the latest.
Trump has now mistakenly said several times that ballot papers are either invented for Biden or stolen from him.
However, the unprecedented attacks by a president on the integrity of the US election ignore a simple fact about the different types of ballots cast.
Personal votes, cast in person on election day and counted first, largely favored Trump, who questioned mail-in ballots and urged his supporters to vote in person.
The later count revolved around the avalanche of votes sent by Americans who did not want to go to overcrowded polling stations in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic – disproportionately high Biden voters.
Anger from Trump supporters
When Trump launched his offensive, his supporters let out trouble outside election offices in several cities.
The protests were largely peaceful, but Philadelphia prosecutors said they indicted two men who drove guns to the convention center, where the votes are tabulated.
An election worker hid in Atlanta after being exposed to death threats. His car’s license plate was posted on the internet after he was falsely accused of casting a ballot.
The worker was seen on video throwing away a piece of paper that was actually an instruction sheet returned by a voter, said Richard Barron, Fulton County’s polling officer.
Most of Trump’s Republican Party was right behind him.
“Far from over,” tweeted Representative Kevin McCarthy, leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives. “The Republicans will not resign from this battle.”
However, several Republicans have voiced alarm at the unprecedented attacks by a president on the US electoral process.
“He is wrong to say that the elections were rigged, corrupted and stolen – it harms the cause of freedom here and around the world … and ignites ruthlessly destructive and dangerous passions,” said Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator who has elected to convict the president in his impeachment proceedings earlier this year.
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